Published On: Sun, Nov 25th, 2018

Beverly Hills urges boycott of Airbnb over settlement listings removal

The city council unanimously passes a resolution to boycott Airbnb for its decision to ban listings in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, emphasizing it is 'the disease' called 'Jew hatred'.

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The city council of Beverly Hills in California has voted unanimously last week for a resolution condemning the home rental giant Airbnb’s decision to remove listings of rentals in Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). It is also encouraging to withdraw apartment listings for the city from Airbnb service, the city announced in a statement on Wednesday.

Last week Airbnb surrendered to the boycott movement (BDS) and announced on Monday that it has decided to remove some 200 ads for accommodation units located in “Disputed Regions”

Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold stressed in an official statement. “We find the actions of Airbnb deplorable. On behalf of our residents, this unanimous resolution reflects the City Council’s ongoing commitment to Israel and to exposing hatred anywhere it exists.”

“Airbnb is not welcome in Beverly Hills as long as its policies are based on anti-Jewish double standards,” added Vice Mayor John Mirisch. “Jew hatred is a disease. We can try to inoculate others against this malady but we also must protect ourselves against its effects.”

Airbnb to Remove listings in West Bank settlements off website

The full resolution went on to emphasize that Airbnb’s decision stems from anti-Semitism and therefore will not be tolerated.

“Airbnb’s decision to remove all listings in Jewish settlements in the West Bank demonstrates hatred, prejudice, ignorance and hypocrisy. Airbnb’s actions are antithetical to the values that we hold dear in Beverly Hills … prejudice and discrimination based on religion have no place in our community, country and world.”

The list of demands and actions to be taken by the city council in order to combat the company’s “discriminatory” decision “calls upon Airbnb to correct this act of disrespect to the land of Israel and restore its original services immediately; In the event that Airbnb does not stop, 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 concluded.

the text of the City of Beverly Hills resolution:
RESOLUTION NO. 18-R-_____
RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
BEVERLY HILLS OPPOSING ANTI-SEMITISM BY AIRBNB
WHEREAS, the City of Beverly Hills is an international tourist destination with visitors
from all over the world;
WHEREAS, Airbnb is a widely used accommodations service with significant influence
worldwide;
WHEREAS, Airbnb’s decision to remove all listings in Jewish settlements in the West
Bank demonstrates hatred, prejudice, ignorance and hypocrisy;
WHEREAS, Airbnb’s actions are antithetical to the values that we hold dear in Beverly
Hills;
WHEREAS, the Israeli-Jewish Congress and human rights leaders have opposed the
company’s reckless act;
WHEREAS, prejudice and discrimination based on religion have no place in our
community, country and world;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS
DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. The City of Beverly Hills hereby opposes Airbnb’s discriminatory decision to
remove all listings in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Section 2. The City of Beverly Hills hereby calls upon Airbnb to correct this act of
disrespect to the land of Israel and restore its original services immediately.

Section 3. In the event that Airbnb does not stop, we call upon all civilized people across
the globe to boycott Airbnb until such time as they desist from these despicable anti-Semitic
actions.

Section 4. The Assistant City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this resolution and shall
cause this resolution and her certification to be entered in the Book of Resolutions of the Council of
this City.

 

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