Photo Credit: Shomron Regional Council website
The Samaria Jewish community of Migdalim.

Airbnb has issued a clear denial of media reports earlier Monday reporting it had decided to suspend implementation of its new policy to delist home rentals in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“The reports issued earlier today are inaccurate,” the company said in a statement.


Earlier in the day, Airbnb Vice President Chris Lehane met in Jerusalem with Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin over the issue. A statement that followed said the policy would not be implemented and that the company would “continue to dialogue with the government of Israel.”

“Airbnb expressed its unequivocal rejection of the BDS movement and communicated its commitment to develop its business in Israel, enabling more tourists from around the world to enjoy the wonders of the country and its people,” the company said in a statement.

“We are here to meet with a variety of stakeholders and as a result of our meetings have an even deeper understanding that this is an incredibly complex and emotional issue.

“Airbnb communicated that we are developing the tools needed to implement our policy and that process includes continuing our dialogue with the Government of Israel and other stakeholders.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.