WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Tabu Henry Taylor (C) of Washington DC, and Mike Crowe (R) of Springfield, Virginia, join a handful of protesters from anti-amnesty groups, including New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement (NY ICE) and The Tea Party Immigration Coalition, to demonstrate in front of the U.S. Capitol building April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. The groups came out to protest the "Rally for Citizenship," co-sponsored by the Service Employees International Union and CASA of Maryland, an immigrant advocacy group. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Amnesty Urges travel sites to ban Israel settlement Listings

Amnesty International has urged online travel sites to ban listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The rights group’s report, titled Destination: Occupation, said rental sites Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are driving tourism to settlements that most of the world considers illegal.

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Airbnb announced last November that it would remove West Bank settlement listings but has yet to implement its decision.

The company says it is working to identify the “precise boundaries” of areas subject to the policy.

Amnesty called on Airbnb to immediately implement its ban and to extend it to east Jerusalem, which Israel captured with the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.

The Palestinians seek these lands for a future independent state.

On Twitter, Israeli cabinet minister Gilad Erdan called the Amnesty statement “an outrageous attempt to distort facts, deny Jewish heritage & delegitimize Israel”.

The World Jewish Congress said it was disheartened by Amnesty’s report and called on it to shift its focus back to human rights.

“Amnesty International is a serious and respected human rights organisation, whose work to stop abuses around the world should never be underrated, but its singular focus on corporate entities doing business in Israeli settlements is gravely misguided,” said WJC chief executive Robert Singer.

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