The statement indicated that Trip Advisorâ€™s site promotes about 70 properties and places in illegal Israeli settlements constructed in occupied Palestinian territories, noting that the promotion of those locations, via the companyâ€™s website, contributes to the expansion and legalization of the settlementsâ€™ economy.
The statement added, according to the PNN, that â€śIsraeli settlements are illegal under the international law and are considered as a war crime for being established on stolen Palestinian lands. Thus, the Israeli settlements should never be considered as a holiday destination.â€ť
Amnesty International has called on the CEO of Trip Advisor to stop listing or promoting real estate, activities, and attractions in illegal Israeli settlements or those run by settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories, according to the statement.
The organization asserted that â€śthe settlements have a devastating impact on a wide range of the Palestinian peopleâ€™s human rights, including their right to adequate living conditions, housing, health, freedom of movement, and education. Likewise, the existence of settlements cripples the Palestinian economy. Thus, guiding tourists to the Israeli settlements paves the way for further human rights violations against Palestinians.â€ť
Amnesty International claimed that demanding Trip Advisor to stop promoting the settlements stems from the companyâ€™s important role in developing the tourism sector in the Israeli settlements. Thus, Trip Advisorâ€™s website assists in no small number of tourists heading to visit Israel, ranking as the most visited website for Israelâ€™s visitors.
The companyâ€™s website provides lists of activities and real estate locations (at least 70), in 27 settlements, i.e. more than any other tourism company.