Airbnb has received both bouquets and brickbats for taking off its listing houses in the Israeli settlements in the disputed West Bank area between Israel and Palestine.
16Airbnb is effectively promoting the illegal colonization of occupied land.17
24shameful and unfortunate.25
Its tourism minister said Israeli authorities would support legal action lodged by settlers against the US firm.
39This was a disgraceful and miserable decision and a disgraceful surrender by the company
Levin asked his ministry to impose measures to limit Airbnb's business in Israel, while also creating a program to promote tourism and accommodation in rentals in West Bank settlements.
The move, which involves 200 listings, has been widely hailed by Palestinians and their supporters.
Jewish settlements in Israeli-occuupied territory are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
Airbnb did not disclose a time frame for removal of the listings.
111an initial positive step.112
119Israeli settlements are not just an obstacle to peace but defy the very definition of peace
Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch, has welcomed Airbnb's decision in a statement that said the firm can't compromise its human rights responsibilities.
134We urge other companies to follow suit