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Koshnb.com was launched within days after Airbnb singled out Jewish owned homes in Judea and Samaria as the only homes in the world it refuses to list. Koshnb serves as a portal of Jewish-friendly guest rentals around the globe
In an interview on Israel’s Channel 10, co-founder Tzvi Arnstein highlighted the tremendous relief koshnb.com has brought to Jewish hosts in Judea and Samaria whose rental units were deleted from Airbnb. “Its not only the locals that are upset, Jews all over the world are closing their Airbnb accounts and coming over to koshnb.com.” It’s been 4 weeks since koshnb.com launched and hundreds of people have signed up, with rental listings spanning the US, Israel, Canada, Europe, South Africa and beyond. “Additional listings are being added daily” says co-founder Hershey Landau, who, as a world traveling businessman, had used Airbnb frequently.
Israeli government officials had met with Airbnb staff to attempt to resolve the situation, and Israeli media initially reported that a solution had been reached. But soon after, Airbnb clarified their position that although they do not support BDS, they will still refuse to list properties from Judea and Samaria.
“At this point, it’s no longer about whether or not an agreement is reached,” explains Arnstein. “We need to send a clear message that this is not a negotiation, an attempt to get them to see our way. Airbnb, and any other company, needs to know that if they take a stance like this we will simply create a suitable alternative. We’re not here to debate. We’ve moved on.”
Koshnb.com gives Jews all over the world a tangible way to express their disapproval with Airbnb, by leaving that platform and joining an alternative that aligns with their values.