The owner of a Swiss hotel caused controversy after she posted a sign telling Jewish guests to shower before swimming, in an act some described as Antisemitism.
“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 (sic) the swimming pool for you…,” the sign read.
It was posted by the hotel owner, Ruth Thomann. Jewish guests at Apartmenthaus Paradies in the mountain resort of Arosa found the sign offensive and called Thomann to take it down.
Another sign warned Jewish guests they are allowed to access the refrigerator only in certain hours.
“For our Jewish guests: You are allowed to access the refrigerator only in the following hours: 10:00-11:00 and 16:30-17:30,” a second note read. “I hope you understand that our team does not like being harassed every time.”
Thomann denied the accusations of Antisemitism and explained the the pool note was addressed to Jewish guests because “some of these guests went swimming with clothes on, with T-shirts, and didn’t take a shower.”
“The refrigerators in the rooms are small, so I told them, ‘you can store some small things with our stuff, but don’t go in every time,’” she said, but admitted she used the ‘wrong words’ in the notes.
“Given that other guests asked me to do something, I naively wrote this poster,” she said. “I would have done better to address the poster at all the hotel’s clients.”
But the incident caused a scandal in Switzerland and Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called them “an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind”, adding that Thomann should face criminal charges.
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