>> If you want to book an Airbnb apartment here, in an israeli settlement in the the occupied West Bank, soon you can't.
The home renting company is removing all Israeli settlement listings in the territory. That's because the settlements are considered illegal by most world powers. Israel's tourism minister says this is the most wretched capitulation to boycotters. Palestinians say it's a step towards peace.>> We very much welcome this decision and we believe that this decision is very, very important.
And we hope that all travel companies will do the same as soon as possible.>> Israel captured the West Bank in a 1967 war, It considers the area the Biblical cradle of Judaism, a security bullock to the east. But Palestinians claim the settlements get in the way of establishing their own state.
US-sponsored peace talks have been stalled since 2014. On it's website, Airbnb said, we 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. Palestinians and their supporters have long lobbied Airbnb to delist some 200 properties there.
Israel says calls for boycotts are a biased approach to the conflict.>> It's upsetting because the idea behind Airbnb was to get people to meet people where they actually live. To understand their surrounding, to understand their needs, and to maybe understand even their dreams. It's giving gain to extreme people who don't have any intention in promoting peace but driving people further away from one another.
It's not going to promote peace, it's going to promote anti semitic decisions made by such an organization.>> Israel said it will respond by backing lawsuits by settlement property owners against Airbnb in US courts, but Human Rights Watch backed the move and urged others to follow suit,