You’ll find it all in this Bookworm Beat: Airbnb, antisemitism, Women’s March madness, Obama madness, gender madness, climate madness, and so much more.
My children are grown and off to college, but some days they still need their mother. I’ve spent quite some time on the phone today with both of them, which limited blogging. Here are some interesting links, though. I’m racing the clock for this post, so I won’t even make a pretense of proofreading. I apologize in advance for typos and incoherent sentences.
I’m boycotting Airbnb. I have never yet used Airbnb, because I don’t trust its quality control, but now I can assure you that I never will use Airbnb:
Airbnb has fueled the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by announcing on Monday that it will cease to list Israeli homes in the West Bank.
In singling out Jewish West Bank homes for boycott, Airbnb’s disgraceful decision not only promotes anti-Israel charges but will work to further strengthen Palestinian intransigence and the larger war to delegitimize the Jewish state.
Airbnb said the company “concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”
It made the decision after a fierce campaign waged against Airbnb by the extremist BDS movement and its anti-Israel allies.
In its statement, Airbnb refers to the West Bank, areas where Jews have had an historic presence for thousands of years, as “occupied territories,” implying that Israel stole the land from the Palestinians.
Israel opposes the “occupied” label, and has referred to the land in international forums as disputed. The framework for all previous peace proposals (each of which was rejected by the Palestinian Authority) never called for an entire Israeli evacuation from the West Bank.
Palestinians never had a state in the West Bank and they are not legally recognized as the undisputed authorities in those areas. Jordan illegally occupied and annexed the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem from 1948 until Israel captured the lands in a defensive war in 1967.
I urge you to read the entire article from which I’ve quoted, because it explains how ignorant Airbnb is when it comes to supporting the BDS movement. Airbnb, of course, is not boycotting any other homes in disputed territories around the world. Only the Jewish ones:
Smells like antisemitic hypocrisy to me.