Musician Gill Afarim says Leipzig was hit by an anti-Semitic incident at the “Westin Hotel”. In a video posted on Instagram on Tuesday, an employee asked David to fold his chain through the Star of David. Then he can check.
Before that, there was a long queue at the hotel reception due to technical problems. Ofarim said he was standing in line – he had his Star of David chain around his neck. “I deserve it. I’ve been doing it my whole life,” Ofarim said in the video. People liked him again and again. Was in it.
Then he shouted “Someone from the corner” to build his star. The hotel staff also said: “Pack your star.”
Meanwhile two employees were on leave. A spokesman for the Marriott team said Wednesday morning that this would initially apply to the trial period.
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On Tuesday evening, hundreds of people rallied with Jews in front of a hotel in Germany, calling for “Leipzig to take a seat.” According to a spokesman, police initially estimated the number of participants in the “middle three-digit range.”
Many users on social media were shocked. Joseph Schuster, chairman of the Federal Council of Jews, wrote in a statement on Twitter that the hostility was “terrifying.” You can count on the hotel to take personal impact. “In the future we will face unity when we are attacked,” he believed. Pianist Igor Levitt wrote to the hotel: “Shame on you”.
The The federal anti-discrimination agency spoke of the “incredible case of anti-Semitism” and the violation of the General Equality Act (AGG). “The quick response from the hotel was long overdue. In our view, this cannot be without consequences,” the federal agency wrote on Twitter.
The Star of David is one of the most famous symbols associated with Judaism. It consists of a hexagon formed by two isocells triangles connected to each other. BC During National Socialism, the Star of David was stigmatized by the Jews (“Star of David”).
Leipzig police spokesman Olaf Hope said the hotel employee’s alleged statement was “clearly anti-Semitic.” The police will send the content of the video to the public prosecutor’s office to check if it is related to criminal law. Depending on the outcome, further decisions may or may not be made.
Hope further explained that police were not at the scene at the time of the incident. Ofarim not spoken yet. The authorities knew his video and supported it.
Ofarim initially declined to comment on Tuesday’s incident at the request of the DPA. His management announced and was shocked that he would have to digest the events in Leipzig first. “Today would have been his father’s birthday, so he didn’t want to give personal interviews on this topic,” it said. The day is usually very difficult for him. I ask for your patience and understanding.
A spokesman for Westin Leipzig said they were concerned about the report and would take the matter very seriously. The company is trying to contact Afraim to find out what happened. Its purpose is to add, value and support all guests and staff regardless of their religion.
Saxon politicians also spoke. Saxony’s Interior Minister Roland Wuller (CDU) hopes the musician will file a complaint so police can investigate the matter. “Saxony is a cosmopolitan state,” W வhler insisted.
Economy Minister Martin Tulik (SPD) wrote on Twitter that he was angry at what happened to Ofarim. When he apologized on behalf of the anti-Semitic insult he spoke for the majority of the people in Saxony. “We still have a lot to do at Saxony!” Environment Minister Wolfram Gunder (Green) was shocked on Twitter. “There is no room for anti-Semitism. It is not open, it is not closed. It is not in Saxony, it is not in Germany, it is not anywhere.” (dpa)
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