Beverly Hills urges boycott of Airbnb over settlement listings removal
The city council unanimously passes a resolution condemning the home rental giant's decision to ban 200 listings in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, emphasizing 'the disease' called 'Jew hatred' is what stands behind San Francisco-based company's move.
The city council’s decision is part of a wider resolution condemning the San Francisco-based company’s “deplorable actions.”
“On behalf of our residents, this unanimous resolution reflects the city council's ongoing commitment to Israel and to exposing hatred anywhere it exists,” Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold stressed in an official statement.
The city’s Vice Mayor John A. Mirisch added that Beverly Hills is determined to fight “the disease” called “Jew hatred.”
“Airbnb is not welcome in Beverly Hills as long as its policies are based on anti-Jewish double standards. We can try to inoculate others against this malady but we also must protect ourselves against its effects,” vented Mirisch.
The statement went on to emphasize that Airbnb’s decision stems from anti-Semitism and therefore will not be tolerated.
"Airbnb’s decision to remove all listings in Jewish settlements in the West Bank demonstrates hatred, prejudice, ignorance and hypocrisy," the city council resolution stated. "Airbnb’s actions are antithetical to the values that we hold dear in Beverly Hills … prejudice and discrimination based on religion have no place in our community, country and world.”
The resolution then presents a list of demands and actions to be taken by the city council in order to combat the company’s “discriminatory” decision to remove listings for Israeli West Bank settlements.
“The City of Beverly Hills hereby calls upon Airbnb to correct this act of disrespect to the land of Israel and restore its original services immediately; In the event that Airbnb does not stop, we call upon all civilized people across the globe to boycott Airbnb until such time as they desist from these despicable anti-Semitic actions," the resolution concluded.