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A Swiss hotel drew criticism for asking Jewish guests to shower before entering the pool


A Swiss hotel is under fire for a sign asking "Jewish guests" to shower before swimming in the pool.

"To our Jewish guests, women, men and children, please take a shower before you go swimming," the sign read. "If you break the rules I'm forced to cloes (sic) the swimming pool for you."

Another sign in the kitchen addressed to the hotel's Jewish guests said the freezer wouldn't be available during certain hours, CNN reports.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which is a global human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, demanded the closure of the Paradies Arosa hotel. Similarly, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely demanded that the hotel's management "be brought to justice."

Tzipi Livni, a former Israeli foreign minister, wrote on her Facebook page that "there can be no tolerance and no indifference" to anti-Semitism and racism.

We "must not let there be a place in the free world for Nazi flags or Ku Klux Klan masks or ugly signs in hotels directed at Jews only," she wrote, alluding to the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. "We cannot allow acts of hate against Jews around the world to become normal."

The hotel's manager defended herself to Swiss media, saying she's not anti-Semitic and only posted the sign because people weren't showering before getting into the pool. She added that many Jewish guests were staying at the hotel at the time.

The signs have since been removed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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