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April 12, 2019 5:43 pm

Airbnb Reverses Course on Judea and Samaria After Strong Pushback From Pro-Israel Groups

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Judea and Samaria’s former Amona community. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Airbnb has reversed its biased decision to ban Jewish listings in Judea and Samaria.

This didn’t happen in a vacuum. It happened because of the work of numerous organizations and individuals, including the Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, headed by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, which took legal action and fought the policy vociferously.

The Center was one party to a lawsuit opposing the Airbnb policy, which combined with other efforts, apparently caused the company to give in and reverse course.

The American attorney for the organization put it this way: “Imagine if Airbnb had decided not to service Muslim homes in Oakland because they opposed growth of the Muslim community there. Nobody would tolerate that for a minute. Yet that is exactly what Airbnb’s policy was for Jews in the Judea and Samaria region.”

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Aside from its efforts on Airbnb, the organization has long worked to ensure that those who harm Jewish and Israeli interests pay a price, including terror-sponsoring states, international terrorists, and Palestinians who attack Jews.

Ronn Torossian is a public relations professional and a longtime close personal friend of Ms. Darshan- Leitner.

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