Jewish Americans sue Airbnb over plan to remove listings in West Bank settlements

Nati Rom, founder of the anti-Israel boycott organization Lev Haolam, walks next to an Airbnb apartment located in an outpost near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh, Nov. 20, 2018. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Nati Rom, founder of the anti-Israel boycott organization Lev Haolam, walks next to an Airbnb apartment located in an outpost near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh, Nov. 20, 2018. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A group of Jewish-American citizens have sued Airbnb in U.S. federal court over the announcement that it will remove the listings of homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The 18 plaintiffs filed the civil rights lawsuit in the United States District Court in Delaware alleging that the internet hospitality company has enacted a new policy discriminating against them based upon their religion. [Read more…]

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Israeli settler sues Airbnb for dropping West Bank listings

Nati Rom, founder of the anti-Israel boycott organization Lev Haolam, walks next to an Airbnb apartment located in an outpost near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh, Nov. 20, 2018. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Nati Rom, founder of the anti-Israel boycott organization Lev Haolam, walks next to an Airbnb apartment located in an outpost near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh, Nov. 20, 2018. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – An Israeli settler sued the Airbnb hosting platform over alleged discrimination over its decision to drop listings in West Bank settlements from its vacation rental website.

The lawsuit, which cites Israel’s anti-discrimination laws, was filed with the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday on behalf of Ma’anit Rabinovich, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday. [Read more…]

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Israel announces West Bank settlement construction. Both the left and right are angry.

A general view of the the settlement of Halamish in the West Bank near Ramallah, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
A general view of the the settlement of Halamish in the West Bank near Ramallah, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

A view of the the settlement of Halamish on the West Bank. (Issam Rimawi/FLASH90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli government advanced plans for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units in the West Bank on Wednesday, drawing condemnations from both the political left and the settlement movement itself.

Construction on 382 of the 1,400 units will begin immediately, while the others will require several more approvals before breaking ground. A number of the units are slated to be built in isolated settlements, Haaretz reported. [Read more…]

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Israeli committee approves 1,122 new West Bank housing units

An aerial view of Israel’s largest settlement, Maale Adumim, March 12, 2008. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

An aerial view of Israel’s largest settlement, Maale Adumim, March 12, 2008. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli planning committee approved 1,122 new West Bank housing units.

The Civil Administration, the military body that enforces Israeli policy on citizens in the West Bank, on Wednesday approved the new housing units in 20 settlements and outposts in the West Bank, according to Peace Now. On Wednesday tenders for 651 housing units were published. [Read more…]

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Israel allocates record $227 million US to building safer West Bank roads

(JTA) – Israel’s government allotted $227 million US for improving the security of roads in the West Bank, including by building new ones that circumvent Palestinians cities.

The allocation, which is the largest of its kind, was announced Friday following weeks of protests by bereaved families of Israelis who died in terrorist attacks on West Bank roads. Construction by Israel in the West Bank, including of roads for settlements, is considered internationally as illegal. [Read more…]

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Israel advances plans for more West Bank housing

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli Defense Ministry committee advanced plans for more than 1,300 housing units in West Bank settlements, which the European Union called “detrimental” to efforts toward peace talks.

The 1,323 homes and apartments approved Wednesday by the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee, which oversees construction activity in the West Bank, are in various stages of development. On Tuesday, the panel gave the OK for 1,292 housing units there. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu decries Palestinian unity bid, promises thousands of settlement homes

A view of a portion of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
A view of a portion of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A view of a portion of the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a West Bank settlement that the Palestinians are reconciling “at the expense of our existence.”

He was referring to a meeting Tuesday in the Gaza Strip of the Palestinian Authority cabinet for the first time in three years, part of a reconciliation agreement between the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, which controls Gaza. PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah led the cabinet meeting. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu vows settlements are here to stay at West Bank ceremony

(JTA) – At a controversial event in the West Bank marking 50 years of settlements, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel will not uproot any Jews or Arabs from their land.

Thousands attended the event Wednesday night in a field outside Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, but many officials boycotted the ceremony, including left-wing politicians and ambassadors to Israel from several countries. The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, did not attend. [Read more…]

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