Beverly Hills boycotts Airbnb over listings removal of Jewish communities in Israel
The city council of Beverly Hills in California voted unanimously last week to withdraw apartment listings for the city from Airbnb after the home-renting company surrendered to anti-Semitism and decided to remove some 200 ads for accommodation units located in Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria.
The city council’s decision is part of a wider resolution condemning the San Francisco-based company’s “deplorable actions.”
“On behalf of our residents, this unanimous resolution reflects the city council’s ongoing commitment to Israel and to exposing hatred anywhere it exists,” Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold stressed in an official statement.
“Airbnb is not welcome in Beverly Hills as long as its policies are based on anti-Jewish double standards. We can try to inoculate others against this malady but we also must protect ourselves against its effects,” the city’s Vice Mayor John A. Mirisch added.
“We call upon all civilized people across the globe to boycott Airbnb until such time as they desist from these despicable anti-Semitic actions,” the resolution passed by the council declares.
Home-renting company Airbnb on Monday decided to surrender to Muslim terrorism and will remove its listings in Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria in Israel.
The decision will lead to about 200 listings being removed from the accommodations website, which allows home-owners to rent out rooms, apartments and houses to people.
The Judea and Samaria Council said in response that “a company that has no qualms about renting apartments in dictatorships around the world and in places that have no relationship with human rights is singling out Israel. This can only be a result of anti-Semitism or surrendering to terrorism – or both.”
Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan called on Airbnb hosts harmed by the decision to file lawsuits against the company in accordance with Israel’s anti-boycott law and said he’ll turn to senior U.S. officials to check if the company’s decision violated the anti-boycott laws “that exist in over 25 states.”
“National conflicts exist throughout the world and Airbnb will need to explain why they chose a racist political stance against some Israeli citizens,” Erdan said.