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September 27, 2016 8:29 pm

Airbnb Swiftly Banishes Amsterdam-Based Host for Discriminating Against Israelis

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An Airbnb office in Toronto, Canada. Photo: Wikipedia.

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Online vacation rental giant Airbnb acted quickly to ban a vendor after it came to light that she was refusing service to Israeli customers, The Algemeiner learned Tuesday.

The discriminatory email from a former Airbnb host to an Israeli customer. Photo: Screenshot.

The discriminatory email from a former Airbnb host to an Israeli customer. Photo: Screenshot.

The company said it removed the Amsterdam-based host named “Maria” from the website after she rejected a request by four Israeli tourists with the following explanation: “I support the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement and will therefore not accept guests of Israeli citizenship until there has been a significant change in the question of Palestine. So unless you are well documented activists who work for a peaceful solution to the problem (for whom I will be very happy to make an exception) you will have to look elsewhere.”

An Airbnb representative told The Algemeiner that, “Discrimination like this has no place on the Airbnb platform and our policies prohibit hosts from declining a guest because of who they are, where they come from, how they worship or whom they love,” adding that the company “acted to permanently ban this host from our community approximately two hours after we learned of this incident.”

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Airbnb also reiterated its dedication to an updated anti-discrimination policy announced on September 8, which includes an “Airbnb Community Commitment” that all users will have to sign starting November 1. They told The Algemeiner that the statement affirms that, “We believe that no matter who you are, where you are from, or where you travel, you should be able to belong in the Airbnb community. By joining this community, you commit to treat all fellow members of this community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age, with respect, and without judgment or bias.”

Israeli Raz Hadas originally posted the discriminatory email from Maria on his Facebook page, saying that “Four university students were simply looking to rent an apartment in Amsterdam, and this is the response we got.”

Hadas later told The Algemeiner that he was “saddened to see that people don’t understand events happening in Israel, and nevertheless they seek to hurt us [Israelis] in a racist manner.”

Former Airbnb host Maria could not be reached by The Algemeiner for comment.

 

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  • Peter

    Why are negative comments removed?

  • Peter

    So basicaly this means that of spme terrorist would like to rent my house i still have to agree?
    Of course not, but of i do not wish to rent to people with whom i fundamentally disagree, i should be punished. Looks like the promised people are once again asking for different treatment?

  • Peter

    Sorry people, but i think that it is strange that i should accept everyone who wants to rent my house, what if somebody gives me a bad vibe?

    The message is clear: if you suspect israeli people, just lie and say you are full!

  • Leovinius

    Well, sometimes principles cost money. And it’s not as if it is hard to rent out a room in Amsterdam. Airbnb is not the only game in town. Oh, fun fact: guess who the most annoying and rude customers were when I worked at Schiphol Airport for two years? I wouldn’t want them in my house either.

  • herbcaen

    Maria will now rent to local ISIS terrorists who will stiff her for the rent and never leave

  • used airbnb and will in the future. what a fantastic, unapologetic and wise decision by them.

  • giggler

    Bravo

  • Ira Zimmerman

    I wonder how many anti-Israel ranters still use a cellphone when they find out the technology was developed in Israel.

  • Huskystar

    Good news!

  • truthdareisay

    Thank you so much airbnb! More people have to play it fair and just like you did. No room or rooms for hatred… RESPECT!

  • Crinedel

    Maria from Amsterdam will now post the availability of her apartment in Muslim papers. Yeah, she’ll get great renters–maybe the murderers of Theo Van Gogh or the ones who terrorized Ayaan Hirsi Ali or…. And maybe the Dutch will authorities will get some courage and prosecute her for bigotry which is supposedly against Dutch law. But don’t count on it.

  • ReformSchool

    Islamist tourists will soon line up to patronize Maria’s hostery—both of them.

    • good luck finding her, and if they do–they deserve each other

  • Daniel Teeboom

    This is forbidden on Dutch law. Article 1 of the Dutch constitution forbids discrimination based on race, religion, gender, sexual preferences, ethnicity or nationality. This rule applies to everybody, not just citizens.

    Doesn’t work while dating though 🙁

  • Sootys mum

    Absolutely brilliant response, who on earth does Maria think that she is? Her statement about who she is prepared to take in is anti-Semitic.

  • Ilana Fine Bar-Hai

    Wonderful work Airbnb! Racism, anti semitism, hatred and discrimination need to repulsed. Great that Airbnb takes such fast action. Shame in Maria.

  • Hilltop Watchman

    Oh dear. It looks as if Airbnb have Boycotted, Sanctioned and Divested from “Maria the Mamzer” 🙂 Whoops. Now THAT’S Karma.

  • Larry Butchins

    Excellent – they’ve just gone up yet another notch in my estimation. A really good organization working for good things, with good people.

  • Jan Susan

    Good for AirBnb!

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