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Homeowners in Beitar Illit (above) were banned from Airbnb, while the Arab village of Wadi Fukin is free to list.

The Texas State Comptroller has added Airbnb to its list of businesses that boycott Israel, and therefore don’t receive state contracts.

The company now has 90 days to prove it does not boycott Israel, nor has taken any action against the Jewish State, or to stop participating in the boycott.


If it does not do so, according to Texas state protocol, the State “shall sell, redeem, divest or withdraw all publicly traded securities of the company, except securities.”

The move comes in response to a decision by Airbnb to delist some 200 properties in Jewish communities located in Judea and Samaria.

Parallel action was not taken in Arab communities, and Airbnb listings remain open in the Palestinian Authority-controlled villages in the same region.

Airbnb said it “rejected” accusations that its company was a member of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign against Israel, adding it was “disappointed by the [Texas] decision.”


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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.