Swiss hotel sparks controversy on asking Jewish guests to take shower before swimming

Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017

swiss hotelA Swiss hotel has sparked outrage when it asked its Jewish customers to take a shower before using the pool.



Israel’s Foreign Ministry has sent an official complaint to the Aparthaus Paradies, in the Alpine resort village of Arosa in eastern Switzerland.



One of the guests took it to the social media to post the picture of the note outside the swimming pool. It read: “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 close the swimming pool for you.”



Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely, has said in a statement that this is an incident which is “an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind”. However hotel manager Ruth Thomann, who signed the notice, insited it was a misunderstanding and that there was no anti-Semitic intent. Thomann said that the hotel is very much popular with orthodox Jewish clients. “I wrote something naive on that poster,” she said and admitted that she should have addressed all guests with the same message.



However she said that just removing the signs was not sufficient as anti-Semitism in Europe was “still a reality” and that punishments had to act as deterrents.

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2 Responses to Swiss hotel sparks controversy on asking Jewish guests to take shower before swimming

  1. GREGOR says:

    What the hell is the problem. If the ortodox jewish was dirty and stinky what was she supposed to do?

  2. Before the “Hotel News” raised such a potentially controversial issue they should have had a bit more details and what let to the posting of this note.
    Is it possible that these guests, that happened to be Jewish, were verbally advised and did not conform to the pool regulations; after all one’s nationality or religion does not make him immune to regulations.

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