Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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.