Airbnb and Israel: U-turn on Settlements Listings Would Be Worse than Staying Silent


In their coverage of the Airbnb case, the Middle East Eye acknowledged the important role played by activists and organizations like the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights in securing this BDS win:

… credit, of course, was due to the activists and human rights groups who spent years explaining to the global listings behemoth just how wrong and how damaging its practices in the Occupied Territories were, and how sharply contradictory to the company’s professed liberal values.

Groups such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) were able to cut through the smokescreen of “disputed territory” and “contested status” to show that settlements on occupied Palestinian land are simply a criminal enterprise under article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In their discussion of the continuing developments in anti-boycott legislation in the US, the Middle East Eye referenced an ongoing USCPR campaign to stall the passage of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act: