JERUSALEM (RNS) – On Monday (Dec. 17), Airbnb, the short-term rental site, sent out a news release in Hebrew claiming the company’s decision to boycott 200 Jewish-owned properties in West Bank settlements “will not be implemented in practice.”

Israel’s tourism ministry, which had argued against the boycott, cheered the announcement.

Turns out that celebration was premature.

Airbnb quickly sent out another news release – this time in English – which contradicted the Hebrew one.

“The reports

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