(December 12, 2018 / JNS) The town of Surfside, Fla., in Miami-Dade Country, condemned Airbnb on Wednesday for violating an agreement with the town that prohibits discriminatory boycotts amid the online hospitality service removing its listings in Judea and Samaria last month over what the company alleged as “Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.”
The Surfside commission unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Vice Mayor Daniel Gielchinsky.
“Let’s make South Florida a shining light and beacon of truth, good and love prevailing over hatred, evil and hypocrisy throughout the world,” he exclaimed.
“BDS is a campaign disguised as anti-Semitism. We have a responsibility to speak up against hate and condemn this action by Airbnb from city hall to the governor’s mansion.” said StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein in a statement. “We applaud the efforts of the vice mayor and governor-elect [Ron] DeSantis. We urge other cities, counties and states to follow their lead.”
According to StandWithUs, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez will be introducing a resolution to the city government.
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has promised to take strong action against Airbnb shortly after being sworn into office next month.
“They delisted all Jewish listings in the West Bank,” said DeSantis last month. “They do not treat anybody else in the entire world like this. It’s only targeted to the Jewish community.”