Airbnb reversed a previous decision to remove around 200 listings of Israeli properties in the West Bank. The rental sharing-economy decided to allow settlement properties to be listed on its platform. However, all the profits from the rental of those properties will be donated to non-profit humanitarian aid organisations in different parts of the world. The decision was criticised by human rights activists who claimed that Airbnb will remain complicit in the violations the settlements provoke by continuing to do business in the settlements. Airbnb decided to allow these places to continue being listed on the platform after being sued in the US federal court by 12 American-Israeli citizens with homes in the settlements. They alleged, in the lawsuit, that as a provider of a service to the public, Airbnb is not allowed to refuse to provide its services to particular religious groups.
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