SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Airbnb is rescinding its plan to bar listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
The home-sharing company says it has decided to allow listings throughout the entire West Bank, but will donate any of its profits from the region to humanitarian aid organizations.READ MORE: UPDATE: 2 Men Shot Outside South Bay High School Football Playoff Game
Airbnb announced in November that it would remove approximately 200 listings in Israeli settlements, which are in territory disputed by Palestinians. Some groups like Human Rights Watch hailed that decision but Israeli leaders condemned it.READ MORE: COVID: Expert Says New Omicron Coronavirus Variant Likely Already in U.S.
Airbnb was sued in U.S. federal court by 12 dual U.S.-Israeli citizens who own homes in the settlements.
Airbnb’s reversal means the lawsuit won’t go forward, says Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, an Israeli advocacy group that backed the suit.MORE NEWS: COVID: Highly Contagious Omicron Variant Prompts New Travel Restrictions
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