Israeli Hotel Warns Jewish Guests of Influx of Arab Visitors

Eilat hotel maintains that it always gives a heads-up to visitors if a change in routine due to various holidays takes place, cites Passover as example.

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Jewish guests preparing to spend the weekend at an Eilat hotel have been warned by staff of an influx of Arab visitors due to the Id al-Fitr holiday, Channel 10 reported.

Staff from Magic Sunrise Hotel have been making calls to guests, updating them that a large number of guests from the migzar – or sector, a euphemism for Israeli Arabs – is scheduled to stay at the hotel over the weekend due to the holiday, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

It seems that the hotel had in the past received complaints from Jewish guests who weren’t pleased to find out they will be sharing their venue with Arab guests, and was trying to ward off complaints this upcoming weekend.

Some guests, according to the report, are thankful for the heads-up, saying that it saves their vacation.

The Fattal hotels chain, which owns the Magic Sunrise, responded that "we lovingly host all of our guests. If we celebrate the holiday of a certain sector at the hotel, which changes the routine of the hotel, it's our duty to notify the guests. At Passover, for example, we update non-Jewish guests of changes taking place at the hotel, as we did in this case." 

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