Home-renting company Airbnb Inc said on Monday that it had decided to remove its listings in illegal Israeli Jewish settlements built in occupied West Bank.
In a statement, Airbnb said: “We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”
The company did not say when the decision would take effect. The decision, according to Airbnb, affects some 200 listings.
As a punishment for this decision, the Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin instructed his ministry to restrict the operations of the company.
Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan called on Airbnb hosts to file lawsuits against the company in accordance with the Israeli anti-boycott law and said “he will turn to senior US officials to check if the company's decision violated the anti-boycott laws that exist in over 25 states.”
All the world powers consider Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank illegal for taking up land where Palestinians seek statehood.
The company, Airbnb, has come under severe criticism by the Palestinians and international pro-Palestine activists.