German hotel opens investigation after Jewish musician says he was discriminated against


(CNN) – A hotel in Germany has opened an investigation and suspended employees after musician Gil Ofarim, who is Jewish, alleged he was discriminated against on Monday because he was obviously wearing a Star of David necklace.

In an Instagram video posted on Tuesday, Ofarim said that an employee at the Westin Hotel in Leipzig, eastern Germany, allowed others to jump him in line, then told him to “pack up his star “before allowing it to register.

The Westin hotel has opened an investigation into the incident, Leipzig site general manager Andreas Hachmeister told CNN in an email.

“We are concerned about this report and take the incident very seriously,” Hachmeister said. “Our goal is to integrate, support and respect all of our customers and employees, regardless of their religion. Affected employees have been suspended and we will clarify the matter without compromise. We are a cosmopolitan and international hotel and reject any kind of discrimination. “

Ofarim manager Yvonne Probst said in a statement: “Gil was still visibly shocked today as he has to deal with yesterday’s incident in Leipzig.”

Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said on Twitter “the anti-Semitic hostility against Gil Ofarim is shocking.”

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