Weekend Getaway in the Settlements? Here Are the Weirdest Airbnbs in the West Bank

'The real deal, raw Zionist pioneering': We read Airbnb reviews for settlement homes so you don’t have to, especially as they are about to be unlisted

new-hdc-logo
Haaretz
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
ILLUSTRATION: An Airbnb listing in the West Bank
ILLUSTRATION: An Airbnb listing in the West BankCredit: Screen grab
new-hdc-logo
Haaretz

If you have always dreamed of spending a relaxing weekend in the Judean Hills, overlooking Palestinian villages and manned Israeli army checkpoints, you’re out of luck: Airbnb announced Monday it is to remove its listings of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

A statement by Airbnb said the online home-renting website "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 weirdest Airbnbs in West Bank settlements

>>Why Airbnb will have a hard time enforcing its Israeli settlement ban

From pricey villas to rugged encampments, Airbnb's West Bank settlement offerings are a mixed bag of listings, ranging from the modest to the bizarre. “If you want to experience what life is like on a West Bank Israeli settlement, this is unbeatable,” one reviewer wrote, praising a home in Esh Kodesh. The listing “is remote and really only accessible by taxi or private car – but maybe that's the point. This is the real deal, Zionist pioneering in the raw, 60 young Israeli families living on a hilltop far from the usual tourist trail.”

Here are some of the rentals that will soon be delisted:

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott