TripAdvisor headquarters in Needham, Mass. (AP/Steven Senne) AP /Steven Senne

TripAdvisor has not succumbed to pressure from Amnesty to stop working with Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. Let’s encourage them to stick to their policy and not cave in!

Amnesty International is trying to pressure TripAdvisor, which touts itself as the “world’s largest travel site,” to stop doing business with Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

“Learn to shoot like a soldier, ride a camel or take a tour of historic sites – all on stolen land! Thanks to help from TripAdvisor, these are all activities you can do when visiting one of the many illegal Israeli settlements,” writes Amnesty on its website, urging its readers to “tell TripAdvisor to pull out of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine.”

The “human rights” group charges that “settlements have a devastating impact on a wide range of human rights of the Palestinian people, including their rights to an adequate standard of living, to housing, to health, to freedom of movement and to education.”

What Amnesty International does not state is that Palestinians have found employment in Israeli areas of Judea and Samaria and that Israel granted the Palestinians the power to rule themselves in the 1990s with the possibility of establishing a state. Furthermore, that rampant Palestinian terror in Israel – including some 1,000 people killed in 2000-2005 – was instrumental in halting the peace process.

Amnesty also refrains from mentioning that the Palestinian Authority (PA), which administers Arab communities in Judea and Samaria, has its own ministries in charge of a range of issues, from housing to health, but that instead of encouraging socio-economic growth, the PA pays stipends to terrorists and their families.

What’s more, in negotiations, Israel has offered the PA almost all of Judea and Samaria, as well as some land within the recognized borders of the State of Israel in exchange for the territory where Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria would remain in a final agreement. The Palestinians have rejected such offers and responded with more violence.

In a statement, TripAdvisor reiterated that it aims “to provide travelers with an apolitical, accurate, and useful picture of all accommodations, restaurants, and attractions that are currently open for business around the world.”

Property or business listings on TripAdvisor do “not represent our endorsement of that establishment. We provide the listing as a platform for guests to share their genuine experiences with other travelers. As such, we do not remove listings of properties or businesses that remain active and open for business,” said Brian Hoyt, senior director of TripAdvisor’s corporate communications, in the statement.

Thank TripAdvisor for Sticking to its Policy. Encourage Them Not to Succumb to Bullying Tactics!

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