Last year, I wrote a post about my surprise that Hilton had (unlike other US chains) placed Jerusalem in the West Bank – not in Israel. I know the subject of Israel and the West Bank is a very big issue and I have spent a lot of time there so I know about this firsthand. It is precisely that this is such a big issue that I was surprised that Hilton would be the only hotel chain to classify Jerusalem as being West Bank instead of Israel.
Hilton No Longer Classifies Jerusalem as “West Bank”… Or as Israel
Here is what Hilton showed last year
Well, it turns out that Hilton has since changed their classification. They didn’t put Jerusalem in Israel, though. Instead, they just refer to it as “Jerusalem” in their search box. In fact, when you type in the word “Israel” it doesn’t give you Jerusalem as one of the city options. The same is true when you type in “West Bank.” No Jerusalem there either.
So, at least Hilton has reversed it a little bit. I still think it is kind of a strange move on their part to not allow their search box to show Jerusalem since the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is a signature property for them and one that is very popular with Jewish visitors.
In the end, the address still shows as Israel, the WA website shows it as Jerusalem, Israel so it is just the Hilton search bar that will not designate Jerusalem as part of Israel. Again, a strange choice on Hilton’s part but maybe they are doing this in stages?
One more funny thing, of note. When you type in “West Bank” it lists several cities in the West Bank region. But, Hilton does not even have any properties in any of those cities so why list them as such at all?