Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

The Washington Post commissioned me to photograph a story about the controversy following Palestinian criticism of Airbnb for allowing West Bank Israeli settlement homeowners to lease their homes as vacation rentals through the website, which some find misleading for failing to mention the property is on occupied land claimed by the Palestinians. Read the story online

Author: William Booth

Photo Editor: Nick Kirkpatrick

Photo caption: Igal Canaan is silhouetted as he opens the glass doors leading to a terrace overlooking Wadi Qelt (Nahal Prat in Hebrew) at his bed and breakfast 'Nof Canaan' which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Nofei Prat, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A general view of houses in Nofei Prat settlement (foreground) and Jerusalem (background) from a terrace overlooking Wadi Qelt (Nahal Prat in Hebrew) at  'Nof Canaan' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Nofei Prat, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

Tourists ride camels along the ridge above the riverbed of Wadi Qelt (Nahal Prat in Hebrew) dressed in biblical style clothes, as they take part in the 'Genesis Land Experience' at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A fortified Israeli military security post is seen from 'Bikta Bakerem' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A general view of the Jewish settlement of Ofra and the Palestinian village of Silwad (in the background on the right side) from inside one of the rooms of 'Nof Ofra' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

 A dog owned by a security guard (not pictured) sits on the roof of a car at the entrance to the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

Inbal Zeev, owner of 'Bikta Bakerem' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, poses for a portrait at the entrance to her property in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A general view of 'Bikta Bakerem' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

Israelis are seen at the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A Jewish man is seen running past the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

Eliana Passentin is seen with her children Yael (bottom) and Eitan (top) in the living room of her bed and breakfast 'Warm Home with a Breathtaking View' which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A general view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank
Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

The Washington Post commissioned me to photograph a story about the controversy following Palestinian criticism of Airbnb for allowing West Bank Israeli settlement homeowners to lease their homes as vacation rentals through the website, which some find misleading for failing to mention the property is on occupied land claimed by the Palestinians. Read the story online

Author: William Booth

Photo Editor: Nick Kirkpatrick

Photo caption: Igal Canaan is silhouetted as he opens the glass doors leading to a terrace overlooking Wadi Qelt (Nahal Prat in Hebrew) at his bed and breakfast 'Nof Canaan' which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Nofei Prat, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A general view of houses in Nofei Prat settlement (foreground) and Jerusalem (background) from a terrace overlooking Wadi Qelt (Nahal Prat in Hebrew) at  'Nof Canaan' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Nofei Prat, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

Tourists ride camels along the ridge above the riverbed of Wadi Qelt (Nahal Prat in Hebrew) dressed in biblical style clothes, as they take part in the 'Genesis Land Experience' at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A fortified Israeli military security post is seen from 'Bikta Bakerem' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A general view of the Jewish settlement of Ofra and the Palestinian village of Silwad (in the background on the right side) from inside one of the rooms of 'Nof Ofra' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

 A dog owned by a security guard (not pictured) sits on the roof of a car at the entrance to the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

Inbal Zeev, owner of 'Bikta Bakerem' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, poses for a portrait at the entrance to her property in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh, on January 28, 2016.

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A general view of 'Bikta Bakerem' bed and breakfast, which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

Israelis are seen at the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A Jewish man is seen running past the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

Eliana Passentin is seen with her children Yael (bottom) and Eitan (top) in the living room of her bed and breakfast 'Warm Home with a Breathtaking View' which is advertised on Airbnb international home-sharing site and rental listings service, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016. 

Commissions - The Washington Post - Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank

A general view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016.

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