#DestinationApartheid

Booking.com encourages holidaying on stolen Palestinian land.

Booking.com need to stop advertising accommodations, tourist attractions, and guided tours in illegal Israeli settlements.

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Booking.com advertise holiday accommodations on stolen Palestinian land.

Write to them now, calling to:

  • Cease any current listing of properties, activities and attractions offered by illegal Israeli settlements within the occupied Palestinian territories and provide a clear public explanation as to the reason behind this action.
  • Adopt a robust policy, which should be publicly available, committing not to list or in any other way promote properties, activities or attractions offered by illegal Israeli settlements.

 

Edit the suggested letter below before sending.

Dear XYZ,

I am sure you are aware that Booking.com advertises accommodations within illegal Israeli settlements, in the occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Booking.com also promotes activities ranging from religious to historic guides offered by Israeli settlers, within occupied Palestine.

Israeli settlements are built upon occupied Palestinian territories and is considered illegal under international law.  To establish these settlements, Israel forcefully expels the Palestinians from their homes. This expulsion is deemed by the United Nations as a war crime.

Booking.com directly contributes to the economy of settlements, therefore supporting its maintenance and further expansion.

I would like to ask Booking.com to abide by international law and:

–  Cease any current listing of properties, activities and attractions offered in illegal Israeli settlements.  

–  Adopt a robust policy, which should be publicly available, committing not to list or in any other way promote properties, activities or attractions offered by illegal Israeli settlements.

Kind regards,

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Booking.com encourages holidaying on stolen Palestinian land.

How are Booking.com complicit?

Booking.com advertises accommodations within illegal Israeli settlements, in the occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. They are doing so despite knowing that Israel’s settlements are illegal under international law, and a war crime.

This online travel agency also promotes activities ranging from religious to historic guides, offered by Israeli settlers, within occupied Palestinian territory.

According to Amnesty International, Booking.com has at least 45 hotel and rental contracts within illegal Israeli settlements.

Israeli settlements are built on stolen Palestinian land and is considered illegal under international law. It is developed specifically to accommodate the Jewish citizens of Israel. To establish these settlements, Israel forcefully expels the Palestinians from their homes. This expulsion is regarded by the United Nations as a war crime. Israeli settlements are known to have a detrimental impact on the human rights of the Palestinians.

Booking.com directly contributes to the economy of settlements, therefore supporting its maintenance and further expansion.

By promoting Israeli settlements as a holiday destination, Booking.com is normalising and legitimising the illegal settlements which are in clear violation of international law. By staying at Israeli settlements, people are holidaying in occupation.

Image shows an increase of settlement listings on booking.com

What can you do?

Write to Booking.com now (using action tab above) calling to:

  • Cease any current listing of properties, activities and attractions offered by illegal Israeli settlements within the occupied Palestinian territories and provide a clear public explanation as to the reason behind this action.
  • Adopt a robust policy, which should be publicly available, committing not to list or in any other way promote properties, activities or attractions offered by illegal Israeli settlements.

 

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FAQ

How can we verify that any of this information is true?

Booking.com’s complicity in Israel’s occupation of Palestine was exposed by a report released by the United Nation that lists all businesses which retain active links with Israeli settlements, in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Is Booking.com the only online travel agency that advertises properties and activities by illegal Israeli settlements, situated on occupied Palestinian land?

No. TripAdvisor and Expedia also advertise properties and activities offered by illegal Israeli settlements on their websites.

Can Palestinians residents rent the properties advertised on Booking.com’s website?

Palestinian ID holders are banned from accessing these advertised properties and activities advertised by Booking.com.