Signs in Swiss hotel single out Jewish guests

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 14, 2017 15:47

Jewish visitors asked to shower before swimming, refrain from disturbing staff. Deputy FM demands hotel owner be brought to justice.

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Switzerland. (photo credit:REVITAL HORESH)

A hotel in the Swiss tourist town of Arosa was documented by a Haredi Israeli family positing signs singling out Jews throughout the facility, Israel's Channel 2 reported Monday.

The hotel, Aparthaus Paradies, received good recommendations online, however upon arriving, the family told Channel 2, they encountered several signs they considered antisemitic.

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"To our Jewish Guests: Please take a shower before you go swimming and although after swimming. If you break the rules, I'm forced to cloes the swimming pool for you. Thank you for understanding: Ruth Thomann. [sic]"one of the signs said.

Another sign said "To our Jewish guests: You are allowed to approach the fridge between the hours: 10.00-11.00 in the morning and 16.30-17.30 in the evening. I hope you understand that our team does not like to be disturbed every time."

The father of the family in an interview with Channel 2 said, "We told her we are Jews, and she said that many Jews arrive during this period and gave us everything we need for the baby," adding that she was nice when the family arrived.

"No one addressed her because we didn't want to start a confrontation," the father added. He noted that there were several Jewish guests staying at the hotel, mostly from the UK, US and Belgium.

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called the signs an "ugly display of antisemitism." She issued a statement saying she had spoken to the Israeli ambassador to Switzerland, who told her that the signs have been take down, but that she requested that the envoy demand a formal condemnation by the Swiss government.

"Unfortunately, antisemitism in Europe is still a reality, and we must make sure that the punishment for incidents such as these will serve as deterrents for those who still harbor the germ of antisemitism," she said.

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