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Air-Bnb & Hot-Air

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The decision by the global home-renting company Airbnb last week to terminate its operation in the Israeli occupied West Bank—i.e. to remove the listing of homes for rent from all Israeli settlements there—has naturally created quite a stir in Israel. Mainly, it brought about a lot of accusations of discrimination, anti-Semitism, anti-Israel, and anti-Zionism. It’s all the fault, and work of the hated BDS movement. The world is against us. In short: a lot of hot air.

Let’s analyze it then, the decision and its aftermath. As for Airbnb’s decision—which yours truly believes was the right decision—it stated that after quite a number of years, and many deliberations, the company has reached the conclusion 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.” Settlements, which the Geneva Convention, the International Community at large, and the United Nations in particular, consider illegal.

Put it in other words: Supporting settlers who are there illegally—many of them American Jews—making them profit and getting richer while being in all practicality criminals, according to International Law, is not in the best interest of the company. Furthermore, the company does not see it as a political action, but as a human rights issue; it does not punish Israel as a whole, where it will continue to operate as before.

Unless, of course, the Israeli government acts to forbid, or make life too difficult on the company to operate in Israel proper. Which is one of the sanctions proposed by this minister or that. Other threats, less severe, were mentioned too. I do believe, though, that it won’t come to be, since the only people to benefit from this operation, other than the company (San Francisco based), are the tourists coming to visit Israel, and the Israeli citizens letting them use their homes and apartments. (I myself stayed in Tel Aviv for two weeks in such a place two years ago.)

Now, as for the accusations thrown at Airbnb. This is of course not an act of anti-Semitism, nor it is an act of anti-Israel or anti-Zionism. Nothing of the sort, and the proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes. The company—unless the government interferes—will continue to operate, as it has done so far, in Israel proper. It has nothing against Israelis, but has a lot against occupying other people lands, seizing their property, building there illegally, and profiting from it illegally. More straightly put: by operating in illegal settlements, the company renders its operation there illegal too.

These accusations by Israeli officials are very common, especially the favorite one: It’s all the BDS movement‘s fault. And yet, it has nothing to do with the BDS movement, to which your truly is in opposition to. Again, the reason is simple—though for reasons that I will explain promptly—no one care to admit it. First and foremost: The BDS boycott is directed against the whole of Israel. It does not differentiate between the occupied territories, post the 1967 war, and Israel proper, prewar. As an example, when the BDS movement convinces an internationally known artist not to appear in Israel, most often it’s in Tel Aviv, or other places in Israel, never really in the West Bank.

Secondly, boycotting Israel is the method to achieve the three main goals of that movement: Ending the occupation, full equality to Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and granting all Palestinians refugees (some 7.5 million of them) the right of return to their homes in Israel. Which basically will end Israel as we know it, as the secure home of the Jewish people. (Hence my objection to it). Airbnb mentions nothing about that, or about supporting these BDS demands. Otherwise, why is it operating in Israel?

Now, you probably asking yourselves, why do those people raise the above-mentioned accusations? The reason is simple, if somewhat elusive: It fits their agenda. Instead of dealing seriously, truthfully with the real problems—the occupation, the settlements, the never-ending dispute with the Palestinians, the steady march of Israel toward being an intolerant society, Apartheid-like, with laws that will make it more of a totalitarian state than a democratic one—it’s easy to deflect the problem and hurl false accusations in return.

Let’s kick the can farther. Let’s accuse other people for our problems. Let’s delay the clear, preferred, obvious solution—the Two-State solution—until the messiah comes. The world hates us anyway. It’s all politics, stupid. Human rights are nonsense. Let’s go have a beer.

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