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For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2019
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Christopher Ferreira

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Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. urges Airbnb, Inc. to reverse its decision to ban listings in the West Bank which are predominantly owned by Israelis


MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 23 unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. that urges Airbnb, Inc. to reverse its decision to ban listings for properties located in areas of the West Bank which are predominantly owned by Israelis.

This resolution further states that it will be the policy of the Board of County Commissioners that Airbnb shall not be used for County travel and that no County funds shall be used to pay for any properties booked through Airbnb for County travel, until Airbnb reverses its discriminatory policy of banning listings in the West Bank.

“Miami-Dade County has a long history of opposing discriminatory practices, including discrimination based upon national origin,” said Commissioner Bovo. “I am hopeful that Airbnb will take the necessary step to reverse its decision, and I stand firm that this type of practice will not be tolerated by businesses that operate in our county. Miami-Dade County has strong partnerships with the residents and visitors from the West Bank, and I stand in solidarity in making sure that our Israeli brothers and sisters in the West Bank are treated with the utmost respect.”