Wiesenthal Centre Urges Booking.com to Delist Uruguayan Resort Hotel for Discrimination

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Hello Dr.Samuels,   Thank you for reaching out .
At Booking.com, we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and if we find that an accommodation listed on our site engages in discriminatory behaviour, we investigate the matter fully, potentially ceasing our working relationship and removing them from our site.As soon as we were made aware of this case, we immediately reached out to the customer, offered to cover the costs they incurred in finding an alternate place to stay, and have removed this property from our site. 
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“The Centre awaits the Tourism Ministry’s promised measures against this Hostel of Hate”

Buenos Aires, 12 January 2018

Despite a confirmed reservation through Booking.com, the owner of Hostel Buena Vista, located in Valizas, Rocha, Uruguay, refused two tourists when he discovered that they were Israelis traveling through Latin America.

He berated them on "the policies of your country”, adding, “you are not welcome in my house."

The owner, Marcelo Piñero, had posted on Facebook that he would reject especially “young Israelis who served in the army as one such guest had, years ago, told him he was trained to kill in 15 seconds.” Pinero is convinced that his behaviour is “not discriminatory nor antisemitic”.

"The condemnation of a whole group for the politics of one of its members is the very definition of discrimination," said Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Latin America.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations for the Center stated: "As in another recent case in Switzerland, we will request Booking.com to delist this establishment which violates the anti-discrimatory principles of the reservation company...we will also inform our own global membership of over 400,000 to blacklist this hostel as inappropriate if visiting Uruguay.“

The Centre appreciates the declaration by the Uruguay Minister of Tourism, Liliana Kechichian, condemning the owner’s attitude and awaits her report and the measures she will take against this hostel of hate.

For further information, please contact Dr. Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158 or Dr. Ariel Gelblung at +54 9 11 49695365,  join the Center on Facebook, www.facebook.com/simonwiesenthalcenter, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent direct to your Twitter feed.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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El Centro Wiesenthal insta a Booking.com a que retire de su plataforma hostel uruguayo por discriminación

"Esperamos las medidas prometidas por el Ministerio de Turismo contra este Albergue de Odio"

Buenos Aires, 12 de enero de 2018

A pesar de existir una reserva confirmada a través de Booking.com, el propietario del albergue Buena Vista, ubicado en Valizas, Rocha, Uruguay, rechazó a dos turistas cuando descubrió que eran israelíes que viajaban por América Latina. Los reprendió por "las políticas de su país" y agregó: "no son bienvenidos en mi casa".

El propietario, Marcelo Piñero, había publicado en Facebook que rechazaría especialmente a los jóvenes israelíes que sirvieron en el ejército como uno de esos huéspedes, hace años, le dijo que “estaba entrenado para matar en 15 segundos". Piñero está convencido de que su comportamiento "no es discriminatorio ni antisemita"

"La condena a todo un grupo por la opinión de uno de sus miembros es la definición misma de discriminación", dijo el Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Representante del Centro Simon Wiesenthal para América Latina.

El Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director de Relaciones Internacionales del Centro declaró: "Como en otro caso reciente en Suiza, solicitaremos a Booking.com que retire este establecimiento que viola los principios antidiscriminatorios de la plataforma de reservas ... también informaremos a los 400.000 miembros de nuestra institución a través del mundo que excluyan este albergue por inapropiado, si se visita Uruguay".

El Centro valora la declaración de la Ministra de Turismo de Uruguay, Liliana Kechichian, que condena la actitud del propietario y espera el informe sobre las medidas que tomará contra este albergue de odio

Para mas informacion, por favor contactarse con el Dr. Shimon Samuels al +336 09770158 o al Dr. Ariel Gelblung al +54911 49695365.

El Centro Simon Wiesenthal es una organización judía internacional de derechos humanos que cuenta con más de 400.000 miembros. Es miembro consultivo de las Naciones Unidas, la UNESCO, la OSCE, el Consejo de Europa, la OEA y el Parlamento Latinoamericano (PARLATINO)

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