TripAdvisor – Our Statement

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

~ Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Our Boycott of TripAdvisor

International bodies such as the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council and the majority of member states including the European Union recognise that the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal under international law.

Under international law, it is illegal for an occupying power to transfer its own civilians into a territory it occupies or to transfer all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory.

These acts constitute war crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, as does the unnecessary destruction and appropriation of property in occupied territory.

Research by Amnesty International undertaken over the years has shown how Israel’s settlement policy is also one of the main driving forces behind the mass human rights violations of Palestinians resulting from its occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Data from a report undertaken by Amnesty International indicates that there are approximately 250 Israeli settlements comprising of tiny villages and large towns located in East Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank.

The expansion of these settlements has been the policy of successive Israeli governments along with the offer of tax incentives and generous subsidies for all Jewish Israelis wishing to move.

Why Boycott TripAdvisor?

TripAdvisor in their promotion of the properties and attractions within these settlements – contributes to, and profits from the development, maintenance and expansion of illegal settlements.

In their promotion of these Israeli settlements as a tourist destination built on occupied Palestinian land – TripAdvisor are supporting an illegal situation, fuelling human rights violations against Palestinians and as such are behaving in direct contradiction of their own diversity policy.

  • Death in a Chocolate Box Limited therefore CAN NOT and WILL NOT use TripAdvisor as a platform for any/all activities associated with the promotion of Death in a Chocolate Box and/or any other affiliate company.
  • In addition, Death in a Chocolate Box Limited WILL NOT permit the promotion of any/all activities associated with Death in a Chocolate Box and/or any other affiliate company on TripAdvisor by any other individual or third party organisation.
  • Any unauthorised listing on TripAdvisor seeking to promote any/all activities associated with Death in a Chocolate Box and/or any other affiliate company will be challenged with an immediate notification of copyright infringement.

As Death in a Chocolate Box Limited opposes discrimination, racism and hate crime in ALL forms – whether against people of a specific ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity – our boycott of TripAdvisor is NOT anti-Semitic.

Terms of Reference:

United Nations Report on Business Activities Related to Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

TripAdvisor Equity, Diversity + Inclusion

Amnesty International Check Out Campaign

OCHA – Occupied Palestinian Territory

Last Updated: January 2022