Swiss police announced on Monday the opening of an investigation into suspicions of “discrimination and incitement to violence” after a hotel-restaurant in Davos refused to rent winter sports equipment to Jewish tourists.
The Pischa mountain hotel, in one of the Davos ski areas, decided to stop renting its sleds and snowshoes to Jewish clients, the newspaper 20 minutes revealed this Monday, publishing a photo of the sign posted by the establishment and written in Hebrew.
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“After a series of disturbing incidents, including the theft of a sled, we will no longer rent sports equipment to our Jewish brothers,” says the message, which unleashed a wave of questions and complaints of anti-Semitism.
Davos is a town known for hosting the World Economic Forum every year, which President Javier Milei attended weeks ago.
It is not the first time that this type of incident has occurred in this region of Switzerland, very popular both in summer and winter for ultra-Orthodox Jewish tourists. The police indicated that they opened an investigation “for discrimination and incitement to hatred.”
What those in charge of the establishment that refused to rent ski equipment to Jewish tourists said
Those responsible for the establishment explained to 20 Minutes that Jewish customers used to leave the material on the slopes, forcing them to “pick them up when we managed to find them.”
In a video published by the newspaper Blick, manager Ruedi Pfiffner apologized, alleging clumsy wording and denying any anti-Semitism. In addition, he said he was “willing to talk to those affected.”
The sign that warned Jews that they would not rent ski equipment (Photo: 20 minutes)
The Swiss Federation of Israeli Communities (FSCI) announced that it will file a complaint about this “indisputably discriminatory” poster, said its general secretary, Jonathan Kreutner.
The Foundation against Racism and Antisemitism (GRA), based in Zurich, spoke of “serious anti-Semitic discrimination.”
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In 2017, another hotel located in Arosa station, not far from Davos and which also receives many ultra-Orthodox tourists, posted a sign asking its Jewish guests to shower before entering the pool, which sparked a strong controversy in Israel.
(With AFP and AP)