A sign in a Swiss hotel asking "Jewish guests" to shower before using the pool has resulted in internet indignation and official complaints from Israel, AFP reported.
A guest posted a picture of the sign at the Paradies apartment hotel, located in the Swiss Alpines, to Facebook.
"To our Jewish Guests, women, men and children, please take a shower before you go swimming," it said. "If you break the rules I'm forced to [close] the swimming pool for you."
Another note told “our Jewish guests” that they could only access the kitchen’s freezer between 10 am and 11 am and between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.
"I hope you understand that our team does not like being disturbed all the time," the note reportedly said.
Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely said the incident was "an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind.”
Though the hotel told Israeli officials that the sign has been removed, Hotovely asked that Switzerland make a “formal condemnation” of the incident.
According to Yahoo! News, Paradies manager Ruth Thomann told a local Swiss outlet that her “choice of words was a mistake” and that she wrote the poster after other guests complained that some of her Orthodox Jewish clients were not showering before using the pool.
The freezer, she said, is located in the staff room and often used by Jewish guests to store kosher food.
Still, at least one prominent Jewish rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, is calling for the “hotel of hate” to be shut down, adding that they believe “the reference to ‘showers’ can be construed as a patently vicious reference to the fake shower [heads] in the gas chambers.”
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