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This week marks the 3rd year of the Community Center and what a three years it has been! If you have been here from the start you will be able to think back and see how much the Community Center has evolved, not only in the design alone, but also in community spirit.
To mark the occasion, we thought we would share some amazing quotes which we have spotted over the past year...
A special thank you to our most active contributors over the past year here:
We also want to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you for all your support, the great discussions we have had, the feedback you have shared and the laughter we have enjoyed together.
It would be lovely to hear what your favourite moments have been. 🙂
Lizzie & @Quincy
I was deeply upset about the decision to exclude Jews from hosting in the Israeli-administered territories under dispute. This is a political decision - and a form of boycott. Of course guests have the choice where to stay, and if they feel uncomfortable about staying in a Jewish community, they have every right to stay elsewhere. But to exclude Jews from hosting because of their geographical location - that's something else- and quite ugly. Many of the Jewish communities where guests once had the option of visiting existed before 1948 - when the Arabs expelled or killed the Jews living there. They were rebuilt after Israel gained control over these territories in 1967.
We look forward to peace with our Arab neighbors, and hope that the political future of these areas can be settled through negotiations that will lead to peace. But joining an anti-Jewish boycott is unworthy of Airbnb.
I have enjoyed using airbnb on my trips abroad in the past. I will no longer be able to do so, and that upsets me.
As a protest for your political antisemitic decision to exclude Jewish homes in the West Bank in Israel from AirBnB (Which shows you don't understand the West Bank is a name of a geographic area ruled once by Jordan) I will limit my use in AirBnB, and stop using your platform.
As far as I know, Israel is the only conflict zone you took a political stand at. This is called hypocrisy, and it shows your company is influenced by inner political agendas, which a bad for any company.
@LizzieThanks for the mentions. Love it. Also, thanks for taking such great care of the community centre: it really is a great resource, and it's been invaluable to me to feel that I'm not alone as a host. Here's to many more years!
I see so many names there that we do not hear enough from nowadays, like Mathew, David and others that wish we did. Great idea Lizzie. 🙂
P.S. Been extra busy lately with getting boats ready for this season thus my recent dissapearing act, but almost done.
I suppose I arreared just after the beginning. I truly appreciate the community center. It has shaped my view of how things ought to go, allowed me to ask questions uninhibited, and I can vent to people who understand when meed be. Thanks much! @Lizzie
@Lizzie Thanks for this lovely tribute - and thanks for including me! I so enjoy being part of the community center. I especially love the so many faces all over the world of other hosts that I am getting to know and respect. Clara B.
3 years hey? Happy Birthday.
That'd be 3 years since Groups met it's rough demise... which from a quality, privacy and engagement perspective was 10X better.
Nice to see the community platform and functionality has been tuned though.
Thanks @Paul0 and it is lovely to see you here. 🙂
Yes, the Community Center has certainly changed quite a bit in this time – you will remember it back in November 2015 when we first launched it, you wouldn't recognise the place!
We have some exciting things ahead too.
Wishing you well with everything and I hope to speak with you again soon.
@J-Renato0, you are so kind. Thanks you so much for everything you contribute to our community here. Similarly to what I said to Ute, I know you also enjoy being part of our Portuguese CC, so it is so nice that you also take the time to join us here too.
Here's to the 4th year. 🙂
Aw yes, I agree @Branka-and-Silvia0. I really enjoyed speaking to them as well. I hope when they have more time they will come back and see us here.
Thanks so much @Ute42, it is really nice to hear you enjoy the CC so much. It is also great we get to share you here in the English as well as the German. 🙂