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Israeli resident files suit against Airbnb over discrimination

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An Israeli residing in the West Bank is suing Airbnb for discrimination, citing its ban on rental listing located in Israel settlements, following a call from senior Israeli officials to legally challenge the ban.

Ma’anit Rabinovich filed suit against the publicly-traded company in Jerusalem on Thursday.

She argues in her suit that the ban is a “grave, offensive and outrageous discrimination.”

She further points to disputed territories in which the rental company continues to operate, such as Tibet and northern Cyprus.

Rabinovich is seeking damages of $15,000 U.S. dollars, or $4,000 shekels.

Airbnb announced Monday that it would remove 200 listings in Israeli settlements, after what appears to be a successful pressure campaign on behalf of Palestinians and global human rights groups.

Yariv Levin, the Israeli tourism minister, initially threatened Airbnb with high taxes, and encouraged Israelis to legally challenge the company.

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