8 homes on Israeli settlements that Airbnb profits from

Published February 2nd, 2016 - 11:10 GMT

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Airbnb is profiting from the Israeli occupation. The multi-billion dollar vacation-rental service lists dozens of properties on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, an area that the international community views as illegally occupied under Article IV of the Geneva Conventions. 

But Israelis with lavish apartments and houses east of the 1967 Green Line don't seem to care. They're renting out their homes in settlements all over the West Bank, advertising "desert views" and "Biblical landscapes." Every time a tourist rents out one of these homes, Airbnb makes a profit.  Continue reading below »

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For $28 a night, you can stay on an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank, which is illegal even under Israeli law! Just be careful: the outpost, called Maale Rechavam, was the site of violent protests in 2014 when the Israeli government demolished 10 illegally-built houses here. Masked demonstrators set fire to roads and threw stones at police.
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Image 1 of 8:  1 / 8For $28 a night, you can stay on an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank, which is illegal even under Israeli law! Just be careful: the outpost, called Maale Rechavam, was the site of violent protests in 2014 when the Israeli government demolished 10 illegally-built houses here. Masked demonstrators set fire to roads and threw stones at police.

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This 2-bedroom house on a West Bank settlement named after a Biblical tribe rents for $34/night. The posting advertises “breathtaking views” of the Jordan Valley. In addition to taking away your breath, the settlement also takes away land from Palestinian families. But just ignore that little detail, and you’ll have a lovely stay!
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Image 2 of 8:  2 / 8This 2-bedroom house on a West Bank settlement named after a Biblical tribe rents for $34/night. The posting advertises “breathtaking views” of the Jordan Valley. In addition to taking away your breath, the settlement also takes away land from Palestinian families. But just ignore that little detail, and you’ll have a lovely stay!

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This $26-a-night apartment is located in Ariel, the fourth-largest settlement in the West Bank. The owner, who says he’s a work-from-home filmmaker, calls the flat “spacious and modern.” Perhaps if it took up a bit less space, the rightful owners of this land wouldn’t have been forced off it and made to live as refugees.
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Image 3 of 8:  3 / 8This $26-a-night apartment is located in Ariel, the fourth-largest settlement in the West Bank. The owner, who says he’s a work-from-home filmmaker, calls the flat “spacious and modern.” Perhaps if it took up a bit less space, the rightful owners of this land wouldn’t have been forced off it and made to live as refugees.

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This Airbnb ad in the settlement of Kedar has no photos of the house, just a circle on the map where it’s located. One thing is for sure, though: the settlers are bound to be of a certain ilk: Kedar was founded in '84 by a right-wing Zionist group known as the Betar Movement. Today, the settlement's community is a population of 1500 people.
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Image 4 of 8:  4 / 8This Airbnb ad in the settlement of Kedar has no photos of the house, just a circle on the map where it’s located. One thing is for sure, though: the settlers are bound to be of a certain ilk: Kedar was founded in '84 by a right-wing Zionist group known as the Betar Movement. Today, the settlement's community is a population of 1500 people.

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This room-for-rent on Airbnb is in a tiny settlement near Jerusalem, yet nowhere on the advertisement does it say that the property is located in the West Bank, beyond the 1967 Green Line, on land that 99% of the world believes is illegally occupied by Israel. A little misleading, perhaps? But hey, only 15 minutes drive to the Dead Sea!
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Image 5 of 8:  5 / 8This room-for-rent on Airbnb is in a tiny settlement near Jerusalem, yet nowhere on the advertisement does it say that the property is located in the West Bank, beyond the 1967 Green Line, on land that 99% of the world believes is illegally occupied by Israel. A little misleading, perhaps? But hey, only 15 minutes drive to the Dead Sea!

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This three-bedroom villa for rent in Pisgah Zeev, a Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, is listed as being in a “highly convenient location”... unless, of course, you’re Palestinian – in which case this entire neighborhood is anything but convenient.
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Image 6 of 8:  6 / 8This three-bedroom villa for rent in Pisgah Zeev, a Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, is listed as being in a “highly convenient location”... unless, of course, you’re Palestinian – in which case this entire neighborhood is anything but convenient.

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There’s no shortage of places to stay on Airbnb in occupied East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel after the 1967 war in a move that is still not internationally recognized. This one-bedroom apartment on an East Jerusalem settlement is next-door to the Palestinian neighborhood of Anata, but the two neighborhoods are completely separated.
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Image 7 of 8:  7 / 8There’s no shortage of places to stay on Airbnb in occupied East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel after the 1967 war in a move that is still not internationally recognized. This one-bedroom apartment on an East Jerusalem settlement is next-door to the Palestinian neighborhood of Anata, but the two neighborhoods are completely separated.

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This glamorous “desert view apartment” on a tiny settlement near Jerusalem goes for $117 a night. The settlement where it’s located was founded in the early 1990s by a group of students who set up two dozen illegal trailers on a hilltop. Now, 140 families live here in defiance of the Geneva conventions.
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Image 8 of 8:  8 / 8This glamorous “desert view apartment” on a tiny settlement near Jerusalem goes for $117 a night. The settlement where it’s located was founded in the early 1990s by a group of students who set up two dozen illegal trailers on a hilltop. Now, 140 families live here in defiance of the Geneva conventions.

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For $28 a night, you can stay on an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank, which is illegal even under Israeli law! Just be careful: the outpost, called Maale Rechavam, was the site of violent protests in 2014 when the Israeli government demolished 10 illegally-built houses here. Masked demonstrators set fire to roads and threw stones at police.

Image 1 of 8For $28 a night, you can stay on an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank, which is illegal even under Israeli law! Just be careful: the outpost, called Maale Rechavam, was the site of violent protests in 2014 when the Israeli government demolished 10 illegally-built houses here. Masked demonstrators set fire to roads and threw stones at police.

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This 2-bedroom house on a West Bank settlement named after a Biblical tribe rents for $34/night. The posting advertises “breathtaking views” of the Jordan Valley. In addition to taking away your breath, the settlement also takes away land from Palestinian families. But just ignore that little detail, and you’ll have a lovely stay!

Image 2 of 8This 2-bedroom house on a West Bank settlement named after a Biblical tribe rents for $34/night. The posting advertises “breathtaking views” of the Jordan Valley. In addition to taking away your breath, the settlement also takes away land from Palestinian families. But just ignore that little detail, and you’ll have a lovely stay!

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This $26-a-night apartment is located in Ariel, the fourth-largest settlement in the West Bank. The owner, who says he’s a work-from-home filmmaker, calls the flat “spacious and modern.” Perhaps if it took up a bit less space, the rightful owners of this land wouldn’t have been forced off it and made to live as refugees.

Image 3 of 8This $26-a-night apartment is located in Ariel, the fourth-largest settlement in the West Bank. The owner, who says he’s a work-from-home filmmaker, calls the flat “spacious and modern.” Perhaps if it took up a bit less space, the rightful owners of this land wouldn’t have been forced off it and made to live as refugees.

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This Airbnb ad in the settlement of Kedar has no photos of the house, just a circle on the map where it’s located. One thing is for sure, though: the settlers are bound to be of a certain ilk: Kedar was founded in '84 by a right-wing Zionist group known as the Betar Movement. Today, the settlement's community is a population of 1500 people.

Image 4 of 8This Airbnb ad in the settlement of Kedar has no photos of the house, just a circle on the map where it’s located. One thing is for sure, though: the settlers are bound to be of a certain ilk: Kedar was founded in '84 by a right-wing Zionist group known as the Betar Movement. Today, the settlement's community is a population of 1500 people.

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This room-for-rent on Airbnb is in a tiny settlement near Jerusalem, yet nowhere on the advertisement does it say that the property is located in the West Bank, beyond the 1967 Green Line, on land that 99% of the world believes is illegally occupied by Israel. A little misleading, perhaps? But hey, only 15 minutes drive to the Dead Sea!

Image 5 of 8This room-for-rent on Airbnb is in a tiny settlement near Jerusalem, yet nowhere on the advertisement does it say that the property is located in the West Bank, beyond the 1967 Green Line, on land that 99% of the world believes is illegally occupied by Israel. A little misleading, perhaps? But hey, only 15 minutes drive to the Dead Sea!

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This three-bedroom villa for rent in Pisgah Zeev, a Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, is listed as being in a “highly convenient location”... unless, of course, you’re Palestinian – in which case this entire neighborhood is anything but convenient.

Image 6 of 8This three-bedroom villa for rent in Pisgah Zeev, a Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem, is listed as being in a “highly convenient location”... unless, of course, you’re Palestinian – in which case this entire neighborhood is anything but convenient.

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There’s no shortage of places to stay on Airbnb in occupied East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel after the 1967 war in a move that is still not internationally recognized. This one-bedroom apartment on an East Jerusalem settlement is next-door to the Palestinian neighborhood of Anata, but the two neighborhoods are completely separated.

Image 7 of 8There’s no shortage of places to stay on Airbnb in occupied East Jerusalem, which was annexed by Israel after the 1967 war in a move that is still not internationally recognized. This one-bedroom apartment on an East Jerusalem settlement is next-door to the Palestinian neighborhood of Anata, but the two neighborhoods are completely separated.

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This glamorous “desert view apartment” on a tiny settlement near Jerusalem goes for $117 a night. The settlement where it’s located was founded in the early 1990s by a group of students who set up two dozen illegal trailers on a hilltop. Now, 140 families live here in defiance of the Geneva conventions.

Image 8 of 8This glamorous “desert view apartment” on a tiny settlement near Jerusalem goes for $117 a night. The settlement where it’s located was founded in the early 1990s by a group of students who set up two dozen illegal trailers on a hilltop. Now, 140 families live here in defiance of the Geneva conventions.

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"It's not only controversial, it's illegal and criminal," Husam Zomlot, the ambassador-at-large for Palestine, told Al Jazeera. "This website is promoting stolen property and land."

So what does Airbnb have to say for themselves? The service told the Associated Press that it "follows law and regulations where it can do business.” Yet even that vague statement seems not to be true: some of the settler properties on Airbnb are on tiny West Bank outposts deemed illegal even under Israeli law.

The Palestinian Liberation Organization has sent a letter to Airbnb's editor saying the website is "effectively promoting the illegal Israeli colonization" of Palestinian land. Yet Airbnb has yet to take action. Until they do, take a look at some of the settlement properties the site's Israeli members are renting to the public. 

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