Israeli officials have condemned a Swiss hotel for putting up a sign that urges “Jewish guests” to take a shower before using the pool.
A photo of the sign at the Aparthaus Paradies in eastern Switzerland went viral Tuesday after an Israeli family reacted against the wording.
“To our Jewish Guests,” the sign said. “Please take a shower before you go swimming. If you break the rules, I’m forced to [close] the swimming pool for you. Thank you for understanding.”
The sign was signed by Ruth Thomann, the hotel’s owner, who denies having anti-Semitic motives.
“I have nothing against Jews, whom we regularly receive warmly here,” Thomann told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “I may have selected the wrong words. The signs should have been addressed to all the guests instead of Jewish ones.”
Previous complaints have concerned a different sign that put restrictions on when Jews were allowed to use the hotel’s fridge.
“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,” the sign read, according to The Algemeiner. “I hope you understand that our team does not like being harassed every time.”
Thomann explained that Jewish guests were allowed to use the refrigerator to store kosher food. The fridge’s location made it harder for the staff to carry out their duties when people were running back and forth, which is why Thomann imposed the time restriction.
Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, called the pool sign “an ugly display of anti-Semitism.” She told Israeli press that she has alerted Israel’s ambassador to Switzerland about the issue.
Thomann is confident that Jewish guests will continue to visit the hotel despite the criticism.
“We have lots of Jewish guests, and they have been coming here for 40 years,” she told The Algemeiner. “I would not take Jewish guests if I had a problem with them.”
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