Amnesty International on Wednesday January 30th urged online travel sites not to include Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank on their lists, according to a report by AP.
According to a report issued by Amnesty titled, "Destination: Occupation," the rental sites Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor are leading tourists to settlements that the world considers illegal.
Last November, Airbnb announced its intention to remove West Bank settlements but has yet to implement its decision The London-based rights group called on Airbnb to immediately implement its decision and for it to be extended to East Jerusalem.
Israeli Cabinet Minister Gilad Erdan tweeted that the Amnesty statement was "an outrageous attempt to distort facts, deny Jewish heritage & delegitimise Israel," while the World Jewish Congress said it was disheartened by the report.
"Amnesty International is a serious and respected human rights organization ... If it wishes to involve itself in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it should centre its attention on the real human rights abuses ongoing in Palestinian territories, and not attack corporate businesses who strive to bridge divides and build peace through global tourism and interaction," said World Jewish Congress CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.