Thursday, May 28, 2020

(JNS.org) The government of Switzerland denounced anti-Semitism in a message to Israel following outrage over a sign at a Swiss hotel stating that Jewish guests must shower before entering its pool.

Swiss foreign ministry spokesman Tilman Renz told the AFP it had been in touch with the Israeli Ambassador to Switzerland Jacob Keidar, telling him that Switzerland condemns racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination in any form.

The move by the Swiss government comes after Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely demanded “a formal condemnation” from the Swiss city of Bern and that the removal of the sign had not been enough.

Outrage on social media and from Israeli officials grew in recent days after a picture of a sign at the Paradies apartment hotel in the Alpine village of Arosa had been posted.

“To our Jewish Guests, women, men and children, please take a shower before you go swimming,” the sign said, adding, “If you break the rules I’m forced to (close) the swimming pool for you.”

According to Swiss tourism officials, in recent years there has been a growing number of Orthodox and other Jews traveling to Swiss Alpine villages during the summer months. The manager of the Paradies hotel, Ruth Thomann, who had put up the signs, told the Swiss daily 20Minutes that she was not an anti-Semite and acknowledged that her “choice of words was a mistake.”