In 2016, right before the last Presbyterian Church General Assembly, RE/MAX founder and then-CEO Dave Liniger announced that the company would stop receiving revenues from settlement properties. But they continue to allow their Israeli franchise to rent and sell settlement houses, and they continue to include settlement properties in their global database. With your help, this time we will succeed in getting RE/MAX to fully extricate themselves from Israel’s settlement enterprise. Add your name to this letter we are sending to current CEO Adam Contos at this year’s General Assembly!
Dear Adam Contos and RE/MAX, LLC,
We have engaged with you many times about your involvement in the rental and sales of illegal Israeli settlement properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are entirely illegal under international law. They contribute directly to human rights abuses suffered by Palestinians.
In 2014, the same year that Israel massacred over 2,000 Palestinians, including 550 children, we kicked off the Remodel RE/MAX: No Open House on Stolen Land campaign with a week of action in several countries. We sent the RE/MAX chairman a letter demanding a cessation of unethical practices and occupation profiteering.
In 2015, we collected over 10,000 signatures on a letter to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, and held a protest of your R4 RE/MAX convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas where Tyler was performing.
In 2016, we protested at your R4 convention in Las Vegas and at your annual shareholder meeting in Denver, CO.
In June 2016, right before the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, then RE/MAX LLC CEO Dave Liniger announced that you would no longer receive revenues from settlement properties. We commend this action and thank you for it. And we ask you to go further.
We join with the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly 2018 in asking you to:
Do everything within your legal and moral power to stop facilitating the sale and rental of property in Israeli settlement colonies in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Exclude settlement property listings from your global database.
Publicly urge RE/MAX Europe to stop its franchises from selling or renting property in Israeli settlement colonies in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
It is our understanding that RE/MAX, LLC is to be included in the forthcoming UN database of businesses complicit in Israeli violations of international law and human rights abuses. If you act now to end all involvement in settlements, you can change this. For the sake of Palestinian rights, and the ethics and success of your business, we look forward to you taking these actions for change.