Airbnb backtracks on decision to remove settlement listings — report

Israel’s tourism minister reportedly says vacation rental website Airbnb has decided not to enact rules which would have removed listings from the settlements.

The statement, carried by several Hebrew media outlets, comes after Tourism Minister Yariv Levin held talks with Airbnb management in Jerusalem earlier Monday.

“Airbnb has informed us that its decision not to list homes in the West Bank will not be enacted,” Levin says in a statement.

He calls it an “important step in the right direction.”

There is no immediate statement from Airbnb.

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