A tourism official from the Davos area in Switzerland penned a letter complaining about the behavior of Jewish visitors, which was then translated into Hebrew and posted publicly at hotels, HAARETZ reports.
Reto Branschi, who heads the tourism office of the Davos skiing village and that of nearby Klosters, on July 16 sent to the Jewish community of Davos a letter titled: “Subject: Jewish guests visiting Davos in summer,” the Sudost Schweiz news website reported on Saturday.
In the letter to local Jewish community leader Rafi Mosbacher, Branschi wrote that “There have been complaints that diapers and other waste simply gets left behind in the woods,” that “Playgrounds have been taken up by large groups, leaving no room for small families,” and that during two tours at a local cheese factory in 2017 and 2018 “Jewish guests held their noses, disturbing some of the other participants.” Mosbacher had the letter translated to Hebrew and Yiddish, HAARETZ says.
In his letter, Branschi also suggested abuse by charedi guests of guest cards, “which allows free use of the cable car and other benefits.” The guests, he said, “lose them more often than average.” Paying Jewish guests “use the most popular bus tour only to go to the cemetery. This is unfair because it takes up seats for guests who want to complete the whole tour,” Branschi wrote. Some guests are not registered in reservation forms, he went on to write, calling this “unfair to other guests.” Guests take baby buggies on guided tours “that are clearly marked as unsuitable” for babies and “leave children unsupervised.”