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Davos ski shop under investigation after saying it's no longer renting to Jews

The sign stated: "​Due to various very annoying incidents, including the theft of a sled, we no longer rent sports equipment to our Jewish brothers." 

Published: February 13, 2024 1:54pm

A ski shop in Davos, Switzerland, is under investigation after it put a sign out in Hebrew saying it would no longer rent equipment out to Jewish customers. 

Swiss police opened a discrimination investigation Monday, according to the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.

Zurich local councilor Jehuda Spielman had posted a picture of the sign on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday. The sign states, as translated from Hebrew: "Due to various very annoying incidents, including the theft of a sled, we no longer rent sports equipment to our Jewish brothers." 

The signs have been taken down and the shop, which is part of a restaurant on Pischa Mountain, has since reversed its decision. 

"It has absolutely nothing to do with anti-Semitism," Ruedi Pfiffner, the restaurant owner responsible for the sign, told local paper Blick. "The notice was certainly worded incorrectly, and I apologize for that."

The sign has since been replaced by one in German that did not call out Jewish visitors but stated that guests must have suitable winter clothing and shoes to rent out equipment, per the public broadcasting agency.

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