Swiss police probe antisemitism at Davos ski store

Swiss police have launched an investigation into stories of antisemitism within the plush alpine ski resort of Davos, after a ski rent store was allegedly refusing to promote sports activities tools to Jews.

Swiss newspaper 20minuten printed an image of an indication within the window of the Bergrestaurant Pischa, a restaurant and ski rent enterprise within the small snowboarding space of Pischa, simply exterior Davos, which learn in Hebrew, “Due to various unfortunate incidents including the theft of a sled, we no longer rent sports equipment to our Jewish brothers.”

20minuten mentioned the station had informed them in a written assertion that they “no longer want the daily hassle” of Jewish friends leaving sleds on the slopes or tools not being returned, or “returned defective.”

Jewish neighborhood contemplating authorized motion

Establishment proprietor Ruedi Pfiffner apologized in assertion to Swiss tabloid Blick and mentioned that the observe was “certainly badly worded,” however that it had been a results of rising tensions which “exploded.”

“We’ve had to lock the sleds away because members of the Jewish community were just taking them when we weren’t there,” he claimed, however insisted that he “didn’t want to tar everyone with the same brush” and that it “had nothing to do with antisemitism.”

He mentioned that Jewish friends “are still welcome” and that he’s “ready to talk to those affected.”

The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities noticed it in a different way and mentioned it was launching authorized motion.

“The poster is undisputedly discriminatory,” its common secretary Jonathan Kreutner mentioned in an announcement despatched to the AFP information company.

“An entire group of guests is being collectively labelled because of their appearance and origin. Completely open and undisguised.”

The Graubunden cantonal police power mentioned it had begun an investigation into “discrimination and incitement to hatred.”

Antisemitism has been on the rise throughout Europe since Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7 and the following Israeli navy operation in Gaza. 

Other incidents of antisemitism in Davos

It’s not the primary time that Davos, finest identified for internet hosting the annual World Economic Forum annual assembly, has skilled tensions between locals and Jewish guests.

The native Davoser Zeitung newspaper mentioned in August that between 3,000 and 4,000 Orthodox Jewish individuals holidayed within the resort in summer season 2023, noting then that there was “increasing criticism of the behavior of these tourists.”

Back in 2017, a resort within the neighboring village of Arosa posted indicators telling Jewish shoppers to bathe earlier than utilizing the pool, triggering outrage and official complaints from Israel.

The resort was reportedly very talked-about with ultra-Orthodox Jewish friends as a result of it had been accommodating to their wants, together with entry to a freezer to retailer kosher meals.

mf/lo (AFP, dpa)