'We know this hotel: They're not anti-Semitic'

Jewish patrons of hotel with signs instructing Jews to shower before and after using pool say owners are far from anti-Semitic.

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Ido Ben Porat, | updated: 23:40

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Shlomo, a haredi Jew from the Jerusalem area, is a guest at the Aparthaus Paradies Hotel in Arosa, Switzerland, and does not believe that the signs posted at the hotel instructing Jews to shower before and after using the swimming pool were written out of anti-Semitism.

"I personally know the owners of the hotel and the woman in question who is accused of anti-Semitism. I have been to this hotel several times and they are as far from anti-Semitism as the far east is from the west," Shlomo told Arutz Sheva.

Shlomo notes that he does not know the about the specific case published today in Arutz Sheva, but he is convinced that "they are not anti-Semites."

Apparently, he explained, a hotel employee had noticed the fact that during the summer there are many Jews staying at the hotel who do not take a shower before entering the pool, so she hung notices addressed to Jews saying: "To our Jewish guests, men women and children, please take a shower before you go swimming and also after swimming. If you break the rules, I'm forced to close the pool for you." However, singling out these people as Jews rather than calling to all guests to shower unquestionably puts the sign in the category of anti-Semitism, no matter what its intent.

Meir, a religious Jew from central Israel who also stays at the hotel from time to time, agreed with Shomo. "I know the hotel staff very well and the last thing you can say about them is that they are anti-Semites."

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely reacted furiously to the posting of the signs, and called the incident “an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind."

The offensive signs have reportedly been taken down.