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24 Sep 2022

Wafa (Palestine)

Al-Haq welcomes Booking.com’s West Bank warnings, says more action needed

Al-Haq human rights group welcomed today Booking.com’s recent decision to add a “safety and human rights warning” to the properties of Israeli settlers illegally built on Palestinian lands in the West Bank...

"While Al-Haq welcomes this move by Booking.com, it falls far short of the measures that can be taken by the company to address supporting and sustaining, both the illegal Israeli settlements, and Israel’s settler-colonial regime, across the occupied Palestinian territory through facilitation of tourism," the Ramallah-based group said in a statement.

Al-Haq had previously written to Booking.com on the role that business enterprises, such as Airbnb and Booking.com, play in the continuation and expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The statement added, "While this warning and the use of the term “occupied” is a step in the right direction by Booking.com, greater steps must be taken to comply with international law, in particular the requirement to apply enhanced human rights due diligence under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...