Airbnb, the popular online platform that lets people rent out their homes for short periods of time, announced a change Tuesday that will allow anyone with an apartment to book flights from New York to Dubai and vice versa.
The change comes in the wake of the death of Airbnb host, Peter Molyneux, a longtime critic of Israeli human rights abuses and the founder of the platform, who died Tuesday of a heart attack at the age of 64.
While Molyieux’s death was initially attributed to cardiac arrest, his wife, Jane Molyeux, said that his death was actually caused by a heart condition.
“Peter and Jane Mulsenburg have always fought tirelessly for the rights of Israelis and Palestinians and the Jewish people, and we mourn their loss,” Airbnb said in a statement.
“In light of the tragic events of the past few days, we’ve decided to temporarily suspend the booking process for our entire team.”
The new policy is a response to the death, and Molyineux’s, of the site’s former cofounder, Daniel Bierut, who was killed in an apparent terror attack in Tel Aviv in January.
The company has been under fire for the lack of transparency surrounding the deaths of dozens of Palestinian activists and journalists who have died in Israeli prison.
In a series of articles published last year, The New York Times reported that Molyeuv’s death and the deaths and disappearances of dozens more Palestinians were part of a pattern of Israeli security forces mistreating Palestinian activists, journalists, human rights defenders and other activists.
Molyneaux was a longtime ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was a key adviser on policy, often on Israel’s side, on many of Israel’s contentious policy issues.
He was also a frequent critic of the Israeli military, particularly its handling of the conflict in Gaza.
In recent years, Molyeneux also advocated for an Israeli boycott of the United States, which was in the process of being passed by Congress.