Airbnb Faces Sanctions in Texas Over Settlements Ban
In November, Airbnb announced that it will be removing "approximately 200 listings" in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website
On Friday, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar placed Airbnb on the state’s list of companies which it defines as boycotting Israel, following the company’s November announcement that it will be removing “approximately 200 listings” in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website. Airbnb is one of only four companies on the current list.
For daily updates, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.The only other companies on the state's updated list are British supermarket and funeral company Co-operative Group Limited, Norwegian financial services group DNB Bank ASA, and Norwegian insurance company Kommunal Landspensjonskasse Gjensidig Forsikringsselskap, or KLP.
Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat lauded Airbnb’s decision in a press release published November 19 as an “initial positive step,” but also said the company should have included East Jerusalem in its new policy.In January, Florida’s new Republican governor Ron DeSantis declared that Florida will be suspending the use of Airbnb for state-paid travel and that he is also considering preventing the state’s pension fund from investing in the company. More than 20 other states have laws regarding boycotting Israel.