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The Schmooze

5 Killer Airbnb Spots — Only Drawback Is They’re in West Bank Settlements

Want to stay in a possibly dangerous and unauthorized Israeli settlement? Even if you don’t, you might accidentally.

Airbnb was by opponents of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank for listing homes there and not properly labeling them.

It turns out that those looking for a quiet neighborhood right outside either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem can come across a wide selection of listings in settlements.

Not only are these homes a little more affordable, but some of them fall right in line with those looking for something off the beaten track.

This house in Ma’ale Adumin comes with Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a panoramic view of the desert and the mountains.

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“Our house is located in nice and quiet neighborhood near Jerusalem. it has private entrance and lots of privacy,” writes host Mashiach.

A two-floor, two-bedroom apartment in the Israeli Settlement of Giv’at Zeev “surrounded by green” runs for $110 per night.

The pictures show a garden oasis unfortunately located in disputed land.

“Cozy” is usually a fancy word for cramped, but this two-bedroom, also in Giv’at Zeev, looks spacious, clean, and well decorated. The host does state that the house is in a settlement in the description, but that doesn’t stop it from being a popular locale.

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Isaac from Woodmere, New York wrote in his review, “I could not have asked for a better, stress-free stay. I would definitely book another trip with this host!”

Giv’at Zeet is rife with Israeli’s looking to rent out their homes. For $56 you can get a rooftop area with a view of the city that’s perfect for barbequing.

Image by Airbnb

Host Yaniv only has three house rules: to keep it clean, not smoke, and bring happiness inside.

For only $27 a night, you can stay in a small house in the middle of the Judean desert, also known as the settlement of Nokdim.

Image by Airbnb

Even if you don’t know it’s in a settlement, this home looks like it’s for the adventurous type.




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