Asking TripAdvisor to pull out of illegal settlements in Israel
We in the UK are naturally engaged and concerned with the coronavirus pandemic. The media is understandably full of news about it to the exclusion of much else. However, as we navigate this strange new reality, we must not forget about the tens of thousands of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation who find themselves at risk of the virus.
For years, Amnesty been working in the region to try to draw public and corporate attention to the human rights violations taking place there. Last year, 33,000 supporters in the UK – along with 353,000 supporters globally – signed our petition to urge TripAdvisor to pull out of illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
Settlements have a devastating impact on a wide range of human rights of the Palestinian people. This includes their rights to an adequate standard of living, housing and crucially in these times, to health. TripAdvisor is contributing to these human rights violations.
Amnesty is asking you to share the petition with your friends and family and help us reach 40,000 UK signatures before we hand them in to TripAdvisor later this month? In the midst of a pandemic, it is even more vital that we show solidarity with the most vulnerable communities around the world.
The ongoing occupation and oppression means that Palestinians often have little access to medical care. In Gaza, hospitals and clinics have been bombed and essential supplies are virtually non-existent. With a health system on its knees, Palestinians are at an increased risk of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, tourism giants continue to boost the illegal settlements economy which has a hugely negative impact on the health of Palestinians. Together, we can let TripAdvisor know that now is the time to de-list all accommodation, activities and attractions in the illegal settlements.