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Swiss hotel sparks fury with signs demanding Jews shower before swimming

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/08/2017 Robin De Peyer

© Provided by Independent Print Limited A Swiss hotel has sparked outrage after signs telling Jewish guests to shower before entering its swimming pool appeared.

The Paradies Arosa hotel in eastern Switzerland triggered formal complaints of anti-Semitisim after a picture of the sign was posted on Facebook.

It read: “To our Jewish guests, women, men and children, please take a shower before you go swimming.”

The sign at the hotel in the Alpine village of Arosa in the east of the country, added: “If you break the rules I’m forced to [close] the swimming pool for you.”

On Twitter, Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely called for "justice".

Swiss Tourism spokesman Markus Berger called the sign "unacceptable", adding it has been removed and hotel management has apologised.

Mr Berger cited a trend among some Orthodox Jews of summer travel to the area.

Hotel manager Ruth Thomann was quoted in Swiss media saying: "I wrote something naive on that poster".

She aded that she was not anti-Semitic and admitted her "choice of words was a mistake".

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