#DeactivateAirbnb: Join to campaign the deactivate Airbnb accounts on Nakba Day, 15th May
Airbnb just did the worst thing.
After announcing they’d ban vacation rentals in illegal Israeli settlements from their platform, Airbnb did a complete reversal and will continue to allow rental suites on the ruins of Palestinian lives and land.
This is Palestinian land that Palestinians are not allowed to enter, but Airbnb has decided they’re ok helping everyone else going to this stolen land for their vacations.
This is a despicable decision, and we’re going to show them what we think of this with a Deactivate Airbnb day of action. We’ll take action on May 15th, Nakba Day – a day commemorating the expulsion of Palestinians beginning 71 years ago and continuing to this day.
The reneging on a commitment to delist from the settlements is a betrayal of all the human rights organizations and activists who cheered Airbnb’s earlier decision. And it’s a slap in the face of Palestinians, international law, and even Airbnb’s own vision to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.
There’s no neutrality in situations of injustice.
If Airbnb wants to continue to allow rentals on the ruins of Palestinian lives and land then they will continue to get pressured to do the right thing – and we’re going to continue holding their feet to the fire.
That’s why we’re joining Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD), SumOfUs, Jewish Voice for Peace, and a growing list of organizations for a day of action where we will Deactivate Airbnb.
It’s one day. Use your voice to help us all let Airbnb know that we won’t sit silent while they walk all over our collective work for change. Let us not back down in the face of this.
Thank you for all you do.