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A HOTEL in Austria has outraged local tourism and fellow hotel owners by banning Jewish guests.
The Haus Sonnenhof apartment hotel in the village of Serfaus, Tyrol, is said to have turned away a Jewish family because of "bad experiences" in the past, the daily Tiroler Tageszeitung reports.
The hotel owner allegedly emailed the family and told them although the room was free, she did want to take in Jewish guests.
The father of the rejected Jewish family has reportedly shunned the village of Serfaus and taken the family elsewhere to holiday.
"I don't want to spend my vacation in such a racist nest, and I will inform all my friends about what is going on in Tyrol," he told DPA.
Originally posted by silent thunder
Bizzare. And not in a good way.
I wonder what the alleged "bad experiences" in the past were?
The region around Serfaus has become popular with orthodox Jewish tourists in recent years, and several hotels in Tyrol have started offering kosher food
Originally posted by UmbraSumus
Were the family orthodox Jews ?
The preparation of Kosher food is rather specific if i`m correct, it can not come into contact with non Kosher foods , or `unclean` utensils etc.
Was this a factor ?
Originally posted by twitchy
It's pretty ridiculous what you have to go through to make it acceptable, and can add as much as 40% to your operational costs, or worse you can be coerced into hiring a Kosher inspector which runs an average of 40-60 grand a year.
Although the details of kashrut are extensive, the laws all derive from a few fairly simple, straightforward rules:
1. Certain animals may not be eaten at all. This restriction includes the flesh, organs, eggs and milk of the forbidden animals.
2. Of the animals that may be eaten, the birds and mammals must be killed in accordance with Jewish law.
3. All blood must be drained from the meat or broiled out of it before it is eaten.
4. Certain parts of permitted animals may not be eaten.
5. Fruits and vegetables are permitted, but must be inspected for bugs
6. Meat (the flesh of birds and mammals) cannot be eaten with dairy. Fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and grains can be eaten with either meat or dairy. (According to some views, fish may not be eaten with meat).
7. Utensils that have come into contact with meat may not be used with dairy, and vice versa. Utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food may not be used with kosher food. This applies only where the contact occurred while the food was hot.
8. Grape products made by non-Jews may not be eaten.
9. There are a few other rules that are not universal.