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August 28, 2016 12:59 pm

Report: 5-Star Hotel in Rhodes Distinguishes Israelis From Other Tourists With Blue Wrist Bands

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The blue wrist band distributed to Israelis at a Rhodes hotel. Photo: Orly and Guy researchers.

The blue wrist band distributed to Israelis at a Rhodes hotel. Photo: Orly and Guy researchers.

Israeli visitors are tagged differently from other guests at a five-star resort in Rhodes, Greece Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the plastic wrist bands given to guests at the Imperial Hotel – to enable them unlimited entrance to the spa and other facilities – are color-coded (in blue) only for customers from the Jewish state.

When asked about this procedure, a representative of the hotel told the network’s Orly Vilnai and Guy Meroz that the colors simply identify the country of the guest’s origin. However, an investigation into the matter by the TV duo revealed that this was not the case – and that only Israelis were given a specific color to wear, while tourists from various European countries were given bracelets of all colors.

An Israeli airline adviser said he was unaware of this practice.

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“When it happens and everyone keeps quiet, nothing changes,” said Yehuda Zafrani. “This story has to be told.”

According to Channel 10, hotels in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat also distribute different-colored wrist bands to guests, but only according to the date of their arrival at the hotel.

At Israel’s International Tourism Fair in February this year, Rhodes Tourism Deputy Mayor Marisa Chatzilazarou called her country “the favorite destination of Israelis,” claiming that in 2015 alone, 102,705 Israelis visited the island. Israel, according to data revealed at the tourism fair, is Rhodes’ 5th largest tourism market, surpassed only by England, Germany, Sweden and Russia.

It takes approximately an hour and a half to fly from Tel Aviv to Rhodes.

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  • Marlene Eisenberg

    I am the daughter and wife of holocaust survivors. I’m so scared. When I was a a child my mother kept a packed suitcase in my closet. On a regular basis she let me know we are not safe anywhere and we must be ready to leave for Israel ?Is it coming true?

  • Sam Mundy

    To have such Country specific wristbands is extremely dangerous at this time and to single out Israelis in such a way is outrageous in this day and age.

  • Johnna

    (cont) let me suggest one…

    Different tour operators sell different holidays in the same hotel. There band colour could simply denote which facilities are available to which guests. Maybe the Israeli tour company had booked superior or inferior facilities?

    Calm yourselves down! And stop looking for offence where it is often more intended.

    • howiej

      Let me suggest one… It will make it easier for a terrorist to identify Jewish or Israeli guests.

  • Johnna

    A lot of reactionary nonsense on here.

    The article talks about ONE hotel and its policy. But it doesn’t consider any of the numerous other reasons why wrist bands might be variously coloured. Instead, it reaches straight for the anti-Semitism argument.

  • Sara

    This is both disgusting and terrifying. Everyone should boycott the place

  • Diedre

    This is horrifying, a horrifying developement. Reminds me of the Achilles Lauro.

    The first modern independent Islamic usage of the tactic where they asked “who is x ethnicity” and murdered them, was the Achilles Lauro. They said who on this (Italian) boat is Jewish, then the future America and EU loved “palestinian” Authority murdered them including disabled US vet. Leon Klinghoffer.

    That has since become a common practice for independent Islamic terrorists.

    I keep saying independent, because throughout modern Islamic history they did this, with coaching from Catholics and Christians. for example the blood libels throughout Iran in the 1700s brought out by Christians, murdered by Muslims, or the 15 Blood Libels brought by Christians and Catholics in south Syria in the mid 1800s, 6 of those alone in Jerusalem in a decade. Or the riots where Christians drew Jewish stars on Jewish owned businesses in North Africa throughout the late 1800s. And then the Muslims would sack those businesses and kick the Jews out of the city or village, then the Catholics would say “look God saved the Christian businesses from the Muslim mobs” but they had drawn Jewish stars on the windows of those businesses. One example of that phenomena was in 1898 in Algiers. so Muslims at the behest of Christians have robbed and murdered based on ethnicity for centuries, however not independently. The case of the Achilles Lauro was the first case in modern times where they separated based on ethnicity then murdered without Christian coaching, in modern times. It has since become a hallmark of Islamic terrorism.

    This is Christians and a former Islamic territory, going back to what they had done throughout their history to the Jews famously during the Holocaust.

  • Rami

    Just because Israeli tourists are so important and demanding they are given the blue colour. It’s the colour they love.
    Please stop the neurotic behaviour of seeing an antisemite behind every tree!

  • This is one more obvious sign of ant Israeli and anti-semetic behavior and a effort to differentiate us This is abhorrent behavior of The Imperial Hotel or any hotel

    Jewish and Israels who want to vacation should boycott this hotel!!

    Let’s get this publicized more!!!

    • Rami

      Don’t you dare. You make a fool of yourself.

  • Tom Lieven Divis

    I am a fan of those pages but this is a phobia. Bad phobia.

  • Eve

    Rhodes are well known for its antisemitism! It is really strange that Israelis continue to visit it. This case shows very well that abnormal attitude of Rhodes towads Israelis. It is quite strange that they just dudn’t give Israelis a yellow Star of David, so to “identify” them even better! (sarcasm) Israelis should stop go there and help Rhodes economy.

    • Rami

      Where would you go? You find fascists everywhere

  • S.Levy

    You can deny, try to prove the contrary, sy it´s a “miusunderstanding” – ALL BLATANT LIES. When something diferente happens to Jews, it certainly happens with second intentions, usually harmful and murderous. So, let Rhodes sink and drown at the next earthquake!

  • Well then, if Israelis make up this large number of tourists, and they have now been made aware of this practice, they should start using their economic clout.

  • Jene’

    We will wear the wrist band of this color when ALL your guests wear it or you will give us ALL the colors of the bands, this is non-negotiable. This is not Germany 1938, France, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Rumania, Russia with yellow stars of David patches or stripped pajamas, shanda, shanda, shanda on you. Planned a trip to Greece in 2017 as a retirement gift with friends, not going to happen, I sure do not want to be woken in the middle of the night because of my blue wrist band and never heard from again. איך איז געבוירן אַ איד, איך וועל לעבן ווי אַ איד, און איך וועל שטאַרבן ווי איד
    ikh iz geboyrn a Yid, ikh vel lebn vi a Yid , aun ikh vel shtarbn vi Yid. Am Yisrael Chai!

    • Jene’

      We will wear the wrist band of this color when ALL your guests wear it or you will give us ALL the colors of the bands, this is non-negotiable. This is not Germany 1938, France, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Rumania, Russia with yellow stars of David patches or stripped pajamas, shanda, shanda, shanda on you. Planned a trip to Greece in 2017 as a retirement gift with friends, not going to happen, I sure do not want to be woken in the middle of the night because of my blue wrist band and never heard from again. איך איז געבוירן אַ איד, איך וועל לעבן ווי אַ איד, און איך וועל שטאַרבן ווי איד
      ikh iz geboyrn a Yid, ikh vel lebn vi a Yid , aun ikh vel shtarbn vi Yid. Am Yisrael Chai!

  • I’m assuming a profitable service business is only interested in serving their clientele and avoiding a negative experience. Knowing a customer is from Israel is helpful in in avoiding embarrassing moments like offering non kosher food.It also may be possible that the wrist band is a way of protecting the clients from Israel who may be targeted in the event of a terrorist attack or to ask for their help as most Israelis are kind and brave people who have military training.

  • Dani

    Let´s take over Rohdes.

  • Nikolaos Markoulis

    “from various European countries”

    Are you serious? Perhaps the colours are all the same of all EU members?

    What is this article trying to achieve by misleading its readers?

    No mrs, Greece is not a Nazi camp, preparing to kill jews on sight.

    • Tal

      Also “various colors” were given to patrons of a variety of countries not a specific color for a specific country. Strong reading comprehension. Retard.

    • Gene Schwimmer

      Are you saying that all of the hotel’s guests come from either the EU or Israel? None for the U.S.? Canada? Any Scandinavian countries?

    • Aaron

      Nikolaos, I understand your interest in defending your nation but this article isn’t condemning Greece it’s just addressing one hotel where this practice is taking place.

      It stated clearly that only Israelis are getting the blue wrist bands while other are getting the rainbow of colors.

      It may be insidious because it’s a well established fact that Israelis are terrorism targets worldwide and this practice makes them easy targets.

      In the end I would suspect that you are no friend of the Jews yourself, this irrational knee-jerk reaction of yours fails any concern about the well-being of the Israeli guests.

      • Jeremy

        For example when Iran sent some trained soldiers to murder some random Jewish children in Bugaria, according to the Bulgarian government.

        For example when Iran sent some well trained adult soldiers to murder some random Jewish children in Cyprus.

        For example when the Iranians sent some adult well trained soldiers to murder some random Jewish children at the Jewish community center in Argentina. Then send some trained assassins to murder the prosecutor working on the case.

        Then kill other officials in Argentina and others who were investigating.

  • brenrod

    It identifies the jews for the future arrival of muslim terrorists to the hotel…. duh?

  • Pearl

    It’s time for Israelis to stop going to countries, like Rhodes. Hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbooks!

  • mbrjosephs

    Methinks that Israelis should STOP visiting Rhodes. Chas v’Shalom, these convenient blue wrist bands could be used against the Israelis if moslems decide to kill them!

  • If this is true I would boycott Rhodes, Greece. Not into to devious game playing.

  • manley kiefer

    Next come the yellow stars of David.

    • Ahuva Kapon

      Καλημέρα Νίκε!

      Nobody says greece plans to kill us. I personally love greece , it’s culture, and it’s people.I even took Greek classes.
      The question is: why use different colours for people who come from different places?
      And what is the colour for tourists from Russia?
      Points to consider.
      Γιασας!

  • Any evidence that the Israeli tourists were treated differently?

    • Homer

      they were given different colors…
      that alone should most Def answer your question…

  • Stan Nadel

    Boycott!

  • This smacks of germany in 1938. It is more than a little bit unsettling.

  • Much ado about nothing…??
    Or is there something more sinister in the making.
    These headlines certainly do not help…
    Algemeiner needs to find better articles to fill it’s otherwise empty pages!

  • Joel

    This is disgraceful
    Boycott the place!!!!

  • Simply wrong choice by the Hotel management: they should asked to explain their reason. Can be a very good one, like treating them better and not offending them in any way.
    If not a good reason is given the customer with help from Israel government should sue them for moral damage.

  • Jane

    Jews need to move more toward Greece/Cyprus than Turkey, which will be very tough. They are a double shot of pure hate, they hate Jews because of Christianity and because of Socialism. Neither notices the other side hates the Jews more, which is impossible, so you end up with 80% antisemitic levels in those countries. But Jews need to do the impossible and become friends and strong allies with those countries more than any others, except other countries in Southern Europe.

    Jews need to learn from the Turkish backstabbing to get off the Turkish and Islamic teet, and diversify. Greece and Christian Cyprus are central to that. But nearly impossible. Christianity has instigated nearly all Islamic antisemitism, and now Jews need to become true friends with the group that has obsessively hated them, more than any human group has ever hated anyone, and held an unjustified grudge against anyone, by far, in history. And denies it completely. The only other option is death to the Jews.

    • Eve

      Greece and all other are also very antisemitic, if u didn’t know that. They accept Israelis just because of money in tourism but after their backs talk real antisemitic sh*t! Also there were already too much antisemitic accidents there, because there are tons of muslims there too now.

  • stevenl

    Looks like a badge of honor that could be used to single out Jews. Le revers de la medaille!

  • HALF-BREED

    Yes. God forbid the terrorists should have any trouble picking out their victims. Why don’t they just hand out yellow armbands with stars of David on them—that way they can make sure they get the Jews from all the countries?

  • Well, there goes our Greek Isle cruise. Even though we are not Israeli why should I spend my money in a country that is overtly Antisemitic? I am an American, what color “wrist banding ” do I get? I thought only Nazis did this. You take their money, at least give them some respect since they are supporting your bankrupt economy.

  • Linda Golden

    The only way to effect change is by using your pocketbook. Israeli’s , stop going to Rhodes, the drop in tourist $$$ will do more than all the complaining in the world. People need to wise up, and this is a start.

  • Ian Schorr

    Only thing missing is Dr. Mengele!!!!
    Atrocious conduct!

  • Rami Reed

    Israelis should just go to a different hotel and boycott this one until the.practice ceases

  • BB

    Disgustinb/ Then when Muslims attack, they give them the Jews v

  • Lia

    What a disgraceful hotel: can we ask that its 5-star rating be lowered?

  • Carl

    Next thing they’ll be giving out yellow stars.

  • T Specter

    Better than yellow stars are you working for Golden Dawn. I am so pleased with leaving the EU and it’s anti semites

  • Yaakov

    Outrageous. Visitors from “the Jewish state” should have been given yellow star badges, not blue wrist bands. And to think this would happen in a country whose citizens are known to be the most favorably disposed toward Israel. That’s why Israelis flock there, isn’t it?

    And what is “Greece Israel’s Channel 10” anyway?

    • The questions is WHY. Is there some nefarious reason? Or perhaps it is a security thing? If they are not being treated any differently it would seem strange that it is antisemitic/anti-Israel in nature. But then again, why would it be done?

    • Jane

      You’re a liar, and an antisemite who gave himself a Jewish name. Greece has the highest antisemitism in Europe by far, not the lowest according to all polls.

      Antisemites always get away with lying.

    • Jane

      Greece was a Sharia country for 400 years, part of a Caliphate. Also why is an antisemite reading this site, oh yeah they need someone to steal from.

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