January 22, 2009, - 11:23 am

Shocker: Historically Anti-Semitic Hotel Chain Disinvites Israelis

By Debbie Schlussel
I have mixed feelings about reports that the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris disinvited Israelis and canceled an Israeli Tourism Fair.
On the one hand, it’s disgusting. But, on the other hand, the Intercontinental Hotel has a long history of anti-Semitism, and the Israeli Tourism Ministry should know better than to give even a single shekel to this hotel chain. As I’ve previously noted on this site more than once, the Intercontental Hotel in Jerusalem is built on top of Jewish graves in a Jewish cemetery. The hotel not only chose to do that, but it also threw Jewish graves and skeletons in the garbage after digging them up (as if they were rocks or trees) to build a road to the hotel. (This happened under Jordanian rule, as is exactly what happens when Muslims control Jewish land–they don’t live in peace . . . even with the Jewish dead.)


Jerusalem Intercontinental Hotel: Deliberately Built On Top of Jewish Graves

Because of this–and the fact that the Intercontinental Hotel welcomed P.L.O. terrorists to use the Jerusalem hotel as a meeting place to plan murderous attacks–I will not stay at an Intercontinental Hotel. Once, at a speaking engagement in Austin, Texas, I was mortified when my host drove me to the hotel, and it was the Intercontinental. I had no choice in the matter as the room had already been paid for. But after that, I always insisted at any future events that I not be put up at an Intercontinental Hotel.
So, it is in that vein that I wonder why Israelis would be shocked that a hotel chain that built a hotel on top of Jewish graves would cancel them, and why they would 1) even enter an Intercontinental Hotel, and 2) be shocked when they are treated–as live Jews–with the same disrespect with which the hotel treats dead Jews.

The Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris has cancelled the central part of an Israeli Tourism Fair, the tourism ministry in Jerusalem said Wednesday, a day before it was scheduled to take place. “The main part of the event was supposed to take place at their hotel and they cancelled,” said Shira Kaveh, a spokeswoman for the ministry.
“The fair will still go on, but not at the hotel. The public part just won’t happen, but the private meetings of businessmen will still take place,” Kaveh added.
The ministry of tourism said there was concern that protests would take place outside the hotel against Israel’s ongoing military offensive in the Gaza Strip and cause damage and lead to the cancellation.

I’m surprised that even the Jerusalem Post doesn’t know the history of this hotel chain:

Under warnings of potential attack and operating from an undisclosed location in Paris, the Tourism Ministry’s French desk was hard at work Thursday showcasing Israel as a potential destination, despite the ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip that is currently scaring off French tourists.
The Israeli Tourism Fair was planned long in advance of Operation Cast Lead and was originally booked at the Paris Grand Hotel, a member of the Intercontinental chain. However, after the hotel said it had received threats by a number of Palestinian groups, it backed out of the engagement. On short notice, a second Paris hotel agreed to host the event, but only on condition that its name remain secret to all but those who had confirmed their attendance.

To my readers, I urge you for these reasons and for the actions of this Paris Intercontinental hotel, do not stay at this hotel anywhere in the world . . . even on American soil. The Intercontinental Hotel chain has a history of Jew-hatred and Jew-desecration. And it apparently continues.
It’s always a good idea to find out who owns the hotel at which you are staying and be informed of its history. (Don’t stay at Four Seasons, either.)

6 Responses

What’s the scooop on Four Seasons?

poetcomic1 on January 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

What’s the scooop on Four Seasons?

poetcomic1 on January 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Of course I agree that the actions by the Intercontinental Hotel are shameful, and that it should be avoided completely.
I am surprised though, that they were able to get away with this cancellation one day in advance. Generally when contracts like this are made with hotels, there is negotiation, and even though israel is not a large nation, presumably it would have some clout in negotiations with the hotel, and would be able to negotiate stringent cancellation penalties. Cancellation at will by one party without severe penalties suggests a poor negotiation strategy by the Israeli Tourism Ministry. This is doubly surprising because a Tourism Ministry, of all Ministries could be expected to be knowledgable about hotel negotiations.
Of course, poor negotiation tactics by the Tourism Ministry do not change the fact that the Intercontinental Hotel acted in a despicable manner, and should be boycotted.

c f on January 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Hi Debbie,
Curiously there is now an Intercontinental in Tel Aviv – the David Intercontinental. For many years, we were on the Arab boycott list and there were no hotels here other than the Jerusalem one (which was the only non-Kosher four or five star hotel in the city).
By the way, the Jerusalem Intercontinental is a dump these days. I went in there to use a bathroom while giving a client a tour of the Mount of Olives a couple of years ago and was appalled that Intercontinental still lets that dump carry its name.

Carl in Jerusalem on January 23, 2009 at 9:04 am

Isn’t it about time we started gathering data on companies like this throughout the world – and applying some collective economic muscle?

Un:dhimmi on January 25, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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