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."
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:
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