Staff at Marriott Hotel in Germany Tell Singer to Hide His Star of David

By Paul Riegler on 6 October 2021
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A Westin reception area

“Pack dein Stern ein.” “Hide your star,” the German singer Gil Ofarim, said he was told by staff at the Westin Leipzig, a Marriott property in eastern Germany, when he tried to check in on Monday.

Ofarim, known the lead singer of Acht and Zoo Army as well as for his solo career, gained notice with his first single, “Round ‘n’ Round (It Goes),” which became a top 40 hit in 1997.

He was wearing a Star of David prominently on a necklace when he arrived at the hotel.

A protest was held at the hotel Tuesday evening and approximately 600 people attended to condemn anti-Semitism and support the singer.

The Westin’s general manager, Andreas Hachmeister, told reporters that the hotel launched an investigation into the incident, saying he was “concerned and alarmed by the intolerable accusations.”

“We are a cosmopolitan, international hotel and reject all kind of discrimination,” he said.

The employees involved in the incident were suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

At press time, Marriott had not yet responded to a request for comment concerning the incident.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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