Jewish Airbnb guest refused by British host

ByPamela Geller on February 12, 2016
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Increasingly, the United Kingdom behaves more like a Muslim country or pre-Nazi Germany.

Israeli Airbnb guest refused by British host because of citizenship
By JTA, Fri, 12 Feb 2016:

Airbnb posted a reply saying it would investigate the matter. Another Facebook user commented on Kelmer’s post, saying, “Appalling and sadly, happens too often.”
Photo by: REUTERS

An Israeli man said a British Airbnb host refused to rent an apartment to him because, the host said, Israelis don’t respect “basic human rights.”

Ben Kelmer, a Tel Aviv photographer, reserved a London apartment for a week in March through the online company, which has come under fire recently for listing properties in West Bank settlements. In some cases, the listings indicate that the properties are in Israel proper.

When Kelmer contacted the host with a question about public transportation, the host said he could not “even consider hosting you,” the UK’s Jewish News reported.

“This is how the world pictures you: aggressive settlers occupying land, destroying houses. In a few words: not respecting basic human rights,” the message said. “On that basis, I just cannot even consider hosting you, even if you pay me millions.”

Kelmer posted to Airbnb’s Facebook page: “We were served a healthy dose of Grade A, European bigotry and discrimination at its finest, poorly masked as so-called, socially-conscious political protest of the worst, most prejudiced kind, that is strictly reserved to Israelis.”

The company posted a reply saying it would investigate the matter. Another Facebook user commented on Kelmer’s post, saying, “Appalling and sadly, happens too often.”

In December, a 13-year-old Israeli girl received a somewhat similar rebuff from a British citizen. When Shachar Rabinovitch of Zichron Yaakov emailed Marsha Levine, a former academic at the University of Cambridge, with questions for a research project on horses, Levine responded that she supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

“You might be a child, but if you are old enough to write to me, you are old enough to learn about Israeli history and how it has impacted on the lives of Palestinian people,” Levine wrote.

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  • Paula Boddington

    Sadly, I see anti-Jewish bigotry in ‘alternative’ media all the time – since many people in Britain, and perhaps elsewhere, including many who are generally hippy ecological lovey dovey types, and who thus read a lot of alternative medicine, anti-this, anti-that media; and then you don’t go very far into this until you find conspiracy theory websites and posts which nearly ALL come down to being anti-Zionists, which then morphs seamlessly into being quite purely and simply anti-Jewish. E.g. – suppose someone is in favour of natural medicine, and suspicious of vaccination programmes. Well, it’s a short step to reading about this to reading posts about how the media is all controlled by ‘the Jews’, and how there is a centuries old Jewish conspiracy to eliminate most of the human race with some sinister vaccination programmes, and other such bollocks. And much of this then precisely echoes the sort of vile bilge that you get in Islamist anti-Jewish propaganda. I’ve tried telling people who read this rubbish – “look, do you realise that this passage here is taken almost word for word from the Hamas charter, suspicious eh, don’t you realise that it’s a known strategy to spread this Islamic propaganda in such ways,” but this falls on deaf ears. I’ve seen young people, who are other wise perfectly decent people, just copying and pasting ‘alternative’ posts which ‘reveal’ how ‘Jewish’ conspiracies and the ‘Jewish’ media are behind dastardly plots. A form of poison which has already started to bite.

    • Just a citizen

      I agree to a point. Not all of us suspicious of vaccinations etc are anti-Jewish but very pro as we see the scape-goat factor again used by the real tyrants. Only the very gullible for propaganda types ( like many Germans back before WW2 including Lutherans. Just a fact and little alternative medicine etc around back then for their excuse.)
      Often those biased maybe secretly to start with . Everyone is responsible for the choices they make. As far as i.e.vaccinations are concerned I am more suspicious of Bill Gates and Co.!

      • steelraptor from Saturn

        She’s not saying that, just that a lot of anti-vaccine and ant-orthodox medicine types are anti-Semitic morons. I’m against vaccines myself and am a big critic of orthodox medicine.

        • Just a citizen

          ? Exactly what I pointed out ?

    • michaelofsydney

      Sadly what you state is quite true here in Australia. Abandoning main stream media, too many go in search of conspiracy theories and it is as you say.

    • Dara Enriquez

      Good point, I agree..hun. I admit I have read conspiracy theories too but I do think that the Jews are being treated unfair. You smart lady.

    • steelraptor from Saturn

      I’ve noticed the exact same thing (for years), that is the connection or merging between left-wing back to nature pro-alternative medicine and anti-Big Pharma peace and love hippie types and hardcore Jew-hatred as anti-Zionist conspiracies. Characters like David Icke (a Holocaust Denier) and Alex Jones are fairly prominent here and cater to that kind of thing. Jones pretends he’s better than Icke, but not really. There is a website called whale.to that is huge and comprehensive re anti-establishment science and anti-corporate medicine, they routinely breach copyright and put whole books up, in fact it may be the biggest site of its kind in the English language world. But the pertinent point is they are hardcore anti-Semitic, Protocols of Zion is available there and the Jews did 9-11 blather as well. 9-11 conspiracy theorizing is routine and almost a given among these types.

      The irony – among many – is that Establishment Medicine is chocked through with anti-Semitism. In the UK it is very bad, but elsewhere too. Such anti-Semitism encompasses leading UK med journal Lancet to NGO Medicins Sans Frontieres and the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

      • joe1429

        Yes… only getting worse, as more indians, and muzrats enter medicine in the usa. The good jewish drs, which i prefer, do not want to work with these anti semites

        • Anonymous

          I trust alternative medicine more than conventional but would trust an Israeli over a Palestinian (on any day of the week and twice as much on Fridays).
          Your comments only display your pet bias against folks who distrust big pharma. You conflate a distrust in conventional medicine with anti-semitism, which makes absolutely no sense at all.

      • Gulop

        So it’s OK to rent out rooms from stolen land? Zionists can no longer use “anti semetic” propaganda. Learn to take criticism and change your ways for the betterment of Palestinians.

    • joe1429

      Go Israel!!!!! Go Trump!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • itchy

    Israel is very much smarter than all western governments. They would not exist if they had adopted there immigration policy. Look back on most falls of empires and two causes ring out. Sick government and lazy minded people who appease. This is now evident with all western democracy but when war comes you can bet those politicians will start it and the best of men will die to restore it. Which is sad because most of the appeasers will be left to start this all over again.

    • Michelle

      Israel has identified the threat and acted upon it although still hamstrung by the “west”.. Europe still will not recognize, let alone admit the problem.

      • itchy

        When Europe UK Australia and possibly US decay to the level Israel has had to endure they will have to re act or they are doomed. Lazy gutless politicians have causes this and they will be held accountable. Maybe the islam elite have promised them all a place to stay when you and me are wiped out. Like I said in another post, The next cycle of elections through-out the western countries will decide our fate. Stay strong Israel!!!!!

      • itchy

        I must admit when watching world war Z poor old Israel ‘STILL’ got screwed over by muzzo’s

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Britain, france, germany and sweden are islamic states. they are write offs to humanity. Nothing can be done for them as they will do nothing but submit to islam. They are in the abyss, there is no point in watching them fall further. All energies must be expended on saving those who try to save themselves.

    • Dara Enriquez

      Those are beautiful words, as always, smart person. I say this true.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Thank you.

        • honeybee

          I like your new icon.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            Thanks, it is a new internet cartoon that just started, sorta cute, reminds me of myself. Humility is my strong point, am twice and humble as anyone else.

          • IzlamIsTyranny

            LOL, bragging about being humble…

          • Mahou Shoujo

            If you have humility, flaunt it.

          • honeybee

            it’s so obvious by demeanor.

          • Mahou Shoujo
    • IzlamIsTyranny

      The US is fast heading down that same abyss. I don’t know about you, but I regularly see hijabbed sharmutas, I have even seen a few full burkas. I’ve never been to Dearbornistan, Michigan, but I know someone who has and she told me it’s like walking into any typical third world islamic slum. All major universities in my area have Muslum Student Unions that regularly agitate for the destruction of the state of Ysrael.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        The dismal fact is most north americans are more concerned with some vacuous celebrities latest trip to rehabilitation institutions than rehabilitating the society that has been infiltrated by parasites. As usual, American will do the right thing… after all other options are exhausted. Big cities are the same everywhere, people are slobs, the more concentrated the population, the filthier they get, Tehran or Toronto.

      • Per Madsen

        I’ve been to Dearborn probably 7 times and yes, it is filled with fully covered women. I went to Wal Mart one night for small things and the entire store was filled with covered women. It was like being in Saudi. The locals are filled with hatred of each other and they all hated the Chaldeans- Christian Arabs. They hiss behind each other’s backs. There is no assimilation.

  • Rocinante44

    the moors have overrun europe without firing a shot at an armed soldier. someone go wake up charles martel

    • Michelle

      A long dead Martel corpse would be more useful than all the ‘leaders”(sic!) of Europe together and in fact, smell better as nothing stinks like traitors.

  • Judi

    The person who refused the Israeli accommodation should be named and shamed.

    • drummie

      What about jailed? In he UK they want to scream so much about human rights, but only if your are leftist or Muslim. Don’t Israelis have human rights too? Or are those rights reserved for the current poster child (islam) of the looney left?

      • Mahou Shoujo

        britain is a islamic country that welcomed muslim bigots with its own brand of bigotry. Its decline and fall are something to be watched with amusement, as it is self inflicted stupidity that did it.

    • joe1429

      yes… but he probably a hero in some quarters of the world, sadly

  • Just Opinions

    I certainly would prefer to have Mr. Kelmer stay in my house than, say, a smug rapey border-jumper. Maybe allowing prejudice should be welcomed.

  • Art Ger

    LOL, this bigot Kelmer is well-known far-leftist from TLV, that supports anti-israeli actions of EU.In your face, idiot!

    • roger

      Does that make a difference in this case.?
      Ok, so Kelmer is getting a dose of irony, but it doesn’t take away from the message here that anti Israel sentiment is growing exponentially all over Europe. ( and everywhere else, ) and I am sure the Airbnb host didn’t know him from Jack.

  • Michelle

    Same old news from the same old places. Nothing changes except that the plague and its vectors spread like wildfire while the morons posing as leaders do nothing. But IF the people actually decide to do it themselves do watch the western blood flow as we cannot have the people doing what the leaders are too corrupt, gutless or traitorous to do. The civil war is coming to Europe and SOON and I hope that I live to see Merkel et al. HANGED for their treason.

  • Patrick Roy

    The only democratic, productive country in the Middle East, is Israel. Wake up people.

  • joker

    The only medicine they understand is to put them out of business.

  • Mannie

    Remind me again, why we expended treasure and lives to rescue these schlubs twice in the 20th Century. Never again.

  • honeybee

    When has Brittan not been anti-Semitic ?

  • honeybee

    When has not Britain been anti-Semitic ? Read Sir Walter Scott’s ” Ivanhoe “.

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Oddly enough in the UK you cannot publicly criticize islam but it is always open season on Jews. Still the universal scapegoat of miserable people.

    • IzlamIsTyranny

      Rabid Muslum antisemitism is never criminalized.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    BnBrute, I have as much sympathy for terrorist pal-e-swinians as I would have for nazis.

    What will BnB do now? Kick that brutish brit OUT of BnB?

  • fulham2014

    I have seen it all too often.

    • Pola

      Criticism of israel is not About semtic. Get it right you idiots

  • itchy

    Your vote in the next elections, Do not vote for any government in power now. Look at who is best placed to get the job done. If independent,,,, then let them hold the balance of power to outlaw these sick ideals against us.

  • Evie Goodwin

    People keep saying that the real old stock British will rise up against this. It’s not possible anymore as there are so many muslims in the UK. They are even considering a muslim mayor for the City of London. Islamification has been completed.

    • Pola

      What about all the Jewish leaders in the entire west. They practically own the governments with they “donations”.

  • joe1429

    If he was a muzrat… he would have been welcomed right in, lol

  • joker

    What has a subject about horses to do with Israel or its citizens? And that person was an academic of the university of Cambridge? What a joker!

  • Mannie

    Remind me again, why we spent lives and treasure to rescue those schlubs twice in the 20th Century? Never again.

  • Merchantseamen

    I still say its all Biblical. Humankind is going to be in for a rough time. Look at this Zika virus that came out of nowhere, everyone arguing about everything. Not good. Many blessings turn to God.