David Vaaknin

Airbnb in the Occupied West Bank for The Washington Post

Commission for The Washington Post


Author: William Booth

Photo Editor: Nick Kirkpatrick


Photos for 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

a terrace overlooking Wadi Qelt at a bed and breakfast advertised on Airbnb in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Nofei Prat
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.
A general view of houses in Nofei Prat West Bank Jewish settlement and Jerusalem
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.
Tourists ride camels along the ridge above the riverbed of Wadi Qelt dressed in biblical style clothes at the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon
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.
A general view of the Jewish settlement of Ofra and the Palestinian village of Silwad from inside one of the rooms of a bed and breakfast advertised on Airbnb
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.
A dog sits on the roof of a car at the entrance to the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra
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.
A fortified Israeli military security post near the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh
Inbal Zeev owner of a bed and breakfast advertised on Airbnb poses for a portrait at the entrance to her property in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh
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.
The living room of a bed and breakfast advertised on Airbnb in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh
A general view of a bed and breakfast advertised on Airbnb in the West Bank Jewish outpost of Esh Kodesh
Israelis are seen at the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli
Israelis are seen at the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016.
A Jewish man is seen running past the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli
A Jewish man is seen running past the commercial center of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016.
Eliana Passentin and her children in the living room of her bed and breakfast advertised on Airbnb in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli
A general view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli
A general view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Eli, on January 28, 2016.
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