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In the United States, discrimination against hotel guests based on race, religion or ethnic origin is against the law. In the Middle East, it is not evidently. A group of elderly Jews who had many years ago been expelled from Egypt wanted to visit the old country. They booked reservations for the Cairo Marriott hotel. Everyone's reservations are safe at Marriott it seems, unless they are Jewish.

Someone invented a story that these poor old people were coming back to claim the property that the Egyptian government had stolen from them. The reservations suddenly evaporated:

"On Thursday morning, I got an e-mail from our travel agent saying the Marriott Hotel does not have adequate security for us and they have canceled our reservation," Zamir told The Jerusalem Post.
A Marriott Cairo employee said there was no reservation for the group, and that he knew nothing other than what was published in the media.

This sort of thing is to be expected of our peaceful Egyptian neighbors, but international hotel chains should be operating by different standards. It is sad that in the twenty-first century any person cannot get lodging because of their race, creed or ethnic origin.

As far as I know, Marriott Hotels have not bothered to explain, comment, apologize, or offer to pay damages. They are making believe it has nothing to do with them.

If you think it is unfair, you might want to let them know:

Marriott International Inc.
Marriott Drive
Washington, DC 20058

Phone: 301-380-3000
Fax: 301-380-3967

And Bill Mariottís Blog:

And their Web site contact form:

Please be polite and do not use the "Anti-Semitism" word. It will not help. Some of their best friends are s, right?

Next time you need a hotel, remember that Marriott reservations are not secure for Jews.

And oh yes, if any of you own any Marriott (MAR) stock, now might be a good time to sell it. Down from $49.48 in June 2007 to $33.60 today. Small wonder - you can't make money by canceling reservations and refusing service.

Ami Isseroff

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This hotel is either run by anti-semites or dhimmis... either way, its unexcuseable.

, Thursday, May 29th

Dear Fred Nover (and others who get the mail from Marriott),
The mail from Marriott is marked "confidential" and for personal use only. We all got these letters.

The statement about how the problem was resolved was meant to be private obviously and should not appear in any Web site and therefore I have deleted that part of the communication. The rest is posted at your own risk. I am sure that your copy of the message stated that it is private as well.

I want to be fair and careful about this. Other private information that we have indicates that the claims of Marriott are not consistent with the actual situation, and that there is no such satisfactory solution has we claimed by Marriott. When I am more sure of the facts, and sure I can make this information public, I will.

Thank you for writing to Marriott.

Ami Isseroff

Ami Isseroff, Wednesday, May 28th

Please note Marriott's response. Based on this I think that there acted in the bast interest of the Israelis.
Dear Frederick Nover,

Thank you for your recent message inquiring about the Cairo Marriott
Hotel's decision to relocate a group of travelers who were scheduled to
stay at the hotel this month.

We have a responsibility for the safety and well-being of all our guests
and associates. XXXXX [Satisfactory arrangement claimed to be made by Marriott- content deleted by A.I. for reasons of confidentiality]

Our decision was made solely and strictly out of concern for the safety
and the well-being of the group, our guests and our associates. We would
not have taken this action if the news report had not specifically
mentioned our hotel by name.

Marriott International, Inc., the manager of the Cairo Marriott Hotel,
globally practices a policy of zero-tolerance of discrimination on the
basis of (among other factors) race, religion or ethnicity. Our hotels
are open and available to groups and individuals of all racial, ethnic
and religious backgrounds and affiliations on an equal basis and without

We remain committed to providing all our guests with a superior hotel
travel experience.

Once again, thank you for your message.

Amanda Ku
Marriott Internet Customer Care Senior Associate

, Wednesday, May 28th

Well put, Ami.Have linked to your story on 'Point of no return'.

bataween, Tuesday, May 27th

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