In a press release issued Monday, November 19, Airbnb announced that it is removing listings “in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank [Judea and Samaria] that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”
This only applies to Jewish communities, not Palestinian ones. While national conflicts exist all over the world, Airbnb chose to implement this very anti-semitic policy specifically.
What about the Palestine communities that Israeli citizens are not even allowed to enter?
1. To find a place to stay in Israel for a month, we used Airbnb and we checked in with a friend of ours who knows Israel well to make sure that it was in a safe location. The apartment that we found is in Rehavia, which is a very nice and very safe neighborhood, within walking distance to pretty much everything in Jerusalem. According to the host’s profile, he offers 6 holiday apartments in the same building in Rehavia. And he also lives in the same building, which was very helpful for someone like me, who managed to lock ourselves out of the apartment a few times.
Here is the link for the apartment we stayed in, if you’ve not used Airbnb before, click here first to get a $40USD discount:
Back in 2016 we decided we had to make a trip to Israel. Bonus reason was that at the time we only had one child and she was under 2 (her plane ride was free!). So as soon as we received our tax return, we bought our plane tickets for December so we could experience Chanukah in Israel. We decided to stay for a month because we didn’t know when we’d be back again and we really wanted to live like locals.