Is RE/MAX really stopping operations in Jewish “settlements”? Probably not.

On June 26, 2016, anti-Israel blog Mondoweiss posted an article claiming that real estate giant RE/MAX would no longer be doing business in Jewish “settlements” in Judea and Samaria.  This, the article claimed, was a response to calls from the The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church.  The church claimed that “recently taken action to ensure that RE/MAX, LLC will no longer receive any income from the sale of Jewish settlement properties in the West Bank.”

Having seen no press release from RE/MAX to confirm this and seeing no articles from more credible sources to substantiate these claims, BDSGuide decided to investigate.

We reached out to RE/MAX’s PR office to get the facts.  The following is an email exchange with Shaun White, Vice President of Public Relations for the company.

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Jul 1, 2016, 11:57 AM

From: BDSGuide

To: Shaunwhite@remax.com, kmccloy@remax.com, kmcmurry@remax.com

To Whom It May Concern,

We run a website(www.bdsguide.com) that keeps a list of multinational companies doing business in Israel and news regarding them.
I am writing to get verification/clarification on recent rumors that you will no longer be doing business in Judea and Samaria in Israel.  Can you confirm if this is the case or just rumor?  We look forward to your response.
Avi
Founder/Content administrator
BDSGuide.com
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Jul 1, 2016, 12:06 PM
From: Shaunwhite@remax.com
To: BDSGuide, kmccloy@remax.com, kmcmurry@remax.com
Just a rumor.
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Jul 1, 2016, 12:14 PM
From: BDSGuide
To: Shaunwhite@remax.com, kmccloy@remax.com, kmcmurry@remax.com
Thank you for the quick response.  To confirm, you are stating that this article, which claims that your representatives assured the Presbyterian church that you will “no longer profit from sales in Jewish settlements” is false?
http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/presbyterians-announces-settlements/
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Jul 1, 2016, 12:21 PM
From: Shaunwhite@remax.com
To: BDSGuide, kmccloy@remax.com, kmcmurry@remax.com

Independently owned and operated RE/MAX franchises operate in nearly 100 countries around the world, including Israel. Contact an individual office for info on their operations.

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We reached out to RE/MAX Israel for comment, but have not heard back yet.  We expect to hear back after Shabbat and will update this article accordingly.

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