As of: February 12, 2024, 2:24 p.m
By: Julia Stanton
A notice on a mountain station in Switzerland is currently causing horror: Jewish guests are no longer allowed to rent equipment there.
Davos — In the Swiss ski resort of Pischa near Davos, the discriminatory rules at a mountain station are currently causing outrage.
A notice written in Hebrew informs that Jews can no longer borrow sports equipment.
Translated, it literally says: “Due to various sad incidents, including the theft of a sled, we no longer rent sports equipment to our Jewish brothers.
This applies to all equipment such as sledges, airboards, ski jacks and snowshoes.
Thank you for your understanding."
Rejected from the mountain station: 21-year-old Jewish guest is discriminated against in a Swiss ski resort
The Swiss media portal
reports that a 21-year-old Jewish guest and his family were turned away at the mountain station counter.
"I pretended I couldn't read Hebrew and asked if we could rent the airboards," the man said in the interview.
The employee refused this after consultation with the manager.
“That made me deeply sad.
We were actively discriminated against because of our religion,” the man continued.
The Zurich local councilor Jehuda Spielman shared a picture of the notice on the X platform (Twitter), causing horror: “Who is responsible?
That’s not possible at all!” and “I’m speechless,” wrote users in the comments.
According to Spielman, there are probably other anti-Jewish notices at the mountain station.
The general secretary of the Swiss Association of Jewish Communities, Jonathan Kreutner, was also shocked by the incident: “The fact that such a letter is publicly hung on a Swiss mountain is shocking.
The content is highly discriminatory and anti-Semitic.” Bad experiences with individual customers are not a reason for generalizations.
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Hill station defends anti-Jewish notice: decision is not discriminatory
In a statement to
, the Pischa mountain restaurant defended the decision and rejected allegations of discrimination.
Your decision has nothing to do with faith, skin color or personal inclinations.
They just want to avoid discussions and friction.
In the past there have been more incidents in which Jewish guests did not return devices.
“We no longer want the daily hassle and are therefore exercising our right to decide who can rent our property and who cannot,” it continued.
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The managing director of the Davos Klosters destination, Reto Branschi, distanced himself from the notice.
According to him, it is an unfortunate formulation.
“The notice can hurt the feelings of the Jewish guest group as a whole and that shouldn’t be the case.
It does not represent the attitude of the destination and the tourism providers in our place.
Davos Klosters and its services are open to all guests.”
Since the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel, anti-Semitic incidents have also been increasing in Germany, which is currently causing fear and uncertainty in Jewish communities.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Chancellor Olaf Scholz recently called for the fight against anti-Semitism and racism.