Switzerland denounces anti-Semitism

Switzerland clarifies it condemns anti-Semitism following incident in which a Swiss hotel posted anti-Semitic signs.

Ben Ariel,

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Switzerland on Tuesday denounced anti-Semitism, following an incident in which a Swiss hotel posted signs telling Jewish clients to shower before using the pool.

Swiss foreign ministry spokesman Tilman Renz told AFP in an email that the ministry had been in contact with Israel's ambassador to Switzerland, Jacob Keidar, and "outlined to him that Switzerland condemns racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination in any form."

“Switzerland has been strongly committed for years - as it is at the moment, for example, within its presidency for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - to raise awareness to the dangers of racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination," the foreign ministry told The Associated Press.

Swiss Tourism spokesman Markus Berger called the sign unacceptable, adding, according to AP, "It always needs to stay in perspective: This is one unfortunate incident."

"It's an isolated incident that doesn't need for greater action to be taken," he added.

News of the offensive sign broke out on Monday. A haredi family from Israel discovered the sign at the Aparthaus Paradies hotel in the town of Arosa Switzerland.

The sign read in broken English: "To our Jewish guests, men women and children, please take a shower before you go swimming and also after swimming."

The sign contained a threat to ban Jewish swimmers if they failed to comply. "If you break the rules, I'm forced to close the pool for you."

The hotel’s manager, Ruth Thomann, apologized for the sign on Monday, saying, “I have nothing against Jews, whom we regularly receive warmly here. I may have selected the wrong words; the signs should have been addressed to all the guests instead of Jewish ones.”


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