Airbnb and Fidelity: Stop Investing in Stolen Homes

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Today is the International Stolen Homes Day of Action calling on investors to speak out against Airbnb’s rentals in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land with actions taking place in 10 different cities! 

In the United States, protests are happening at Fidelity Investments offices across the country urging them to use their unique position as major Airbnb investors to demand the company end its occupation profiteering! Cities participating include AustinBostonChicagoDC, Durham, LA, Madison, and San Francisco. In many of these places, Palestinian rights activists are working with affordable housing and anti-gentrification activists who are also protesting Airbnb for contributing to displacement here in the United States as its policies have helped drive property values up and pushed families out of their homes.

If you can’t make it, you can still help amplify our message by clicking here to send an email to Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson! If you have time, please customize your email and especially your subject line before you hit send!

With Israel’s brutal military occupation now entering its 50th year this weekend, it is imperative we work even harder to stand with Palestinians in their struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. This particular anniversary highlights that Israel has denied Palestinians their most basic human rights for too long and it is way past time for companies to end their complicity in this oppression.

Once you send an email, you can find more actions to take on social media here, including sample tweets and videos and graphics to post. If the link above doesn't work, you can copy and paste the text below into an email to abby.johnson@fmr.com.

Thank you for taking action!

Email Action Text:

Dear Abigail Johnson, 

I am writing to you on behalf of the Stolen Homes Coalition to urge you as CEO of Fidelity Investments to use your unique position as an investor in Airbnb to pressure the company to adhere to international law and stop profiting from Israel's brutal military occupation of Palestinians.

Investigations have revealed that many properties listed on Airbnb as in Israel are actually located in settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank including Ma'ale Adumim, Ariel, Efrat, Ma’ale Rehavam, Tekoa, and Havat Gilad. By allowing users to list and rent properties in these settlements and by taking a 9-15% fee from hosts and guests, both Airbnb and Fidelity are profiting from Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian land and facilitating settlement activity, which are considered illegal according to both international law and U.S. policy.

Last month, the UN announced that it would establish a database of all companies implicated in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise. Unless Airbnb immediately delists Israeli settlement rentals in the West Bank, they will be included in the first draft of the database to be released in June.

With Israel’s brutal military occupation now entering its 50th year, it is way past time for companies to end their complicity in this oppression. Please use your influence with Airbnb to demand they end stop profiting from Israel's denial of Palestinians’ basic human rights.


Toward an end to illegal settlements,

Alli, Ariel, Nancy, and the entire CODEPINK team

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