flagged for labeling Jerusalem an ‘Israeli settlement’

Online travel reservation site amends listing following query from Belgian Jewish paper, but refuses to comment logo logo

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — The online travel reservation service listed the city of Jerusalem as an “Israeli settlement,” and amended the definition following a critical query from a Belgian Jewish newspaper.

The Amsterdam-based company made the correction on Tuesday, a day after Michael Freilich, editor in chief of the Joods Actueel newspaper in Antwerp, asked the firm about its characterization of the capital city, he said.

“I thought it was a hoax until I checked it out and saw it with my own eyes,” Freilich said of his verification of a tip by one of his readers. has not responded to Joods Actueel’s query, Freilich said, but fixed the subject of his query within a few hours of his sending the email. Jerusalem is now shown as being in Israel on

Most of the world’s countries do not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, even with the US recognition in December. However, Israeli sovereignty in the western part of the city is internationally recognized. Israel’s control over the eastern part, which the Jewish state annexed in the 1980s, is disputed and seen as illegal by many countries and international organizations, including the European Union and the United Nations.

Founded in the Netherlands in 1996, now offers more than 28 million reported listings in more than 138,000 destinations in 229 countries and territories worldwide. More than 1.5 million room nights are reserved daily on the platform, according to the firm.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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