Austrian Ski Burka Ban Denounced as Tourism Apartheid


The word Apartheid is swiftly losing all meaning. First Iran claimed Nuclear Apartheid. Now there’s Tourism Apartheid. Will the Apartheids never cease?

A state-distributed leaflet advising Arab tourists to stop haggling over prices, dumping litter and wearing burkas has caused a storm of controversy among residents and public officials in the Austrian ski resort town of Zell am See.

The eight-page guide, titled “Where Cultures Meet,” produced by tourism officials, the police and the Austrian Arabic chamber of trade, includes a number of tidbits and advisories that address local concerns over road safety, littering, dress and behavior.

The pamphlet also advises that prices in Austria were not meant to be negotiated.

According to the Austrian Times, the most controversial debate over the pamphlet was the mention of the burka, with critics saying it would be seen as an attack on Islam. In the end, an advisory against wearing the traditional body cloak went in with an explanation that Austrian women dress as they wish, but typically choose to wear black as a sign of mourning; and that “people from the region are used to looking into the laughing face of others in order to gain a first impression and in order to build trust. With this in mind, locals would be glad when visitors adopted the Austrian mentality.”

Hotel owner Wilfred Holleis even went as far as to say it was a form of discrimination. “I see this as a kind of tourism apartheid,” he said according to the Austrian Times, adding that he had no problem with Arab tourists.

Tourism Apartheid. Is that a Third World problem or a First World problem? Or is it a problem when rich Third Worlders invade the First World, litter, waddle around in Burkas and attempt to bargain for everything.

And how do you ski in a Burka anyway? I don’t know, but if a US ski resort tries to interfere, Holder will come down on them like Karl Marx on a free croissant.

Considering the lengths that some European resort towns are going to in order to attract wealthy Saudi and Kuwaiti tourists, this is a refreshing move.

  • dynbrake

    First ditch the Burka; then ditch the Muslims; and finally, ban Islam.

  • skier

    Islam is legalized crime! Ban the dammed thing!

  • Race_Dissident

    What’s so bad about apartheid?

    • cxt

      Uhh…its evil…..harmful, adds to whatever social problems might exist, causes the fabric of a given society to fray–even faster, creates an “us vs. them” mentality when running a nation—let alone a civilization–is hard enough already, keeps people that could be solving problems apart.

      I could go on.

      I suppose we could play games with definitions but the manner in which “apartheid” is general used is essentially an epithet—and rightly so.

      • Drakken

        Tell that to the white South Africans who are being slaughtered by their black counterparts, I am sure they would agree with you.

        • cxt

          End results of such policies are ALWAYS nasty—why they should be avoided.

          • Laurent Verbier

            er, cxt, sorry to disturb your simplistic mind, but blacks were slaughtering whites for hundreds of years BEFORE apartheid..

          • Warren Raymond

            The Arabs avoided the ‘end results’, as you call it, by castrating their black slaves. Holding on to these customs made sure that very little changed over millenium.

      • Race_Dissident

        O contraire, mon frère. It is forced integration that not only exacerbates social problems, but creates new ones. It also destroys civil society and makes less free the people who have integration imposed upon them. If people choose to associate with their own kind, so be it. The government has no right to impose marvelous, wonderful diversity upon anybody.

        • cxt

          You asked “what is wrong with apartheid” and while “forced integration”……as you put it, can certainly have unforeseen and negative aspects…….its not in the same league as “apartheid.”
          Actual apartheid is vastly worse. Apartheid is not “if people CHOOSE to associate.” (my emp) It actively prevents free association, legally enforces it in fact.
          Its like BMW’ing comparing a common cold to the Pandemic flu of the ww1 period.

          • Laurent Verbier

            you know, you’re right. Why should we ask muslim women to refrain from wearing a black burka while skiing when we could just wait for their husbands to beat them up for ‘following the ways of the infidels’ according to Islamic law.

  • Gee

    Hum – foreigners are told they must conform to Muslim customs in manner of dress when in Muslim countries. Should it be considered apartheid or racist do state the same to Muslims when they are in non-Muslim countries?
    If so – why?

  • wileyvet

    Not one Muslim country affords its citizens the rights, freedoms and liberties of those democratic western nations. And yet when they arrive in said countries, they demand the freedom to exercise their cultural practices that are mentally stultifying at best and morally repugnant at worst. Insisting on being treated with cultural sensitivities with rights their own Islam denies them is, to say the least, the heights of ignorance and arrogance. Go back to your Islam created squalor and stew in the putrid juice of your wretched beliefs.

    • AHT

      how do you know that they didn’t demand their rights from their own countries? maybe this is why they’re coming to so-called “democratic” western nations.

      plus Islam never denied their rights, dictatorial governments did.

      • wileyvet

        Islam is a cult that demands total submission to Muhammad and his Allah. There is no free will in Islam, so Islam denies adherents basic rights that we take for granted; Freedom of speech, thought and conscience. Women are subordinated to the will and desires of men and do not possess the liberty to live their own lives. As for Muslims coming to democratic western countries they are here to conquer, not be equals or tolerant of other faiths. Islam rejects all others and must dominate. Q24: 55. Allah has promised, to those among you who believe and work righteous deeds, that He will, of a surety, grant them in the land, inheritance (of power), as He granted it to those before them; that He will establish in authority their religion – the one which He has chosen for them; and that He will change (their state), after the fear in which they (lived), to one of security and peace: ‘They will worship Me (alone) and not associate aught with Me. ‘If any do reject Faith after this, they are rebellious and wicked. Q4: 74. Let those fight in the cause of Allah Who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah,- whether he is slain or gets victory – Soon shall We give him a reward of great (value).
        Q4:144. O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves?

        Q4:47. O ye People of the Book! believe in what We have (now) revealed, confirming what was (already) with you, before We change the face and fame of some (of you) beyond all recognition, and turn them hindwards, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers, for the decision of Allah Must be carried out.
        Just a handful of verses of the hundreds within the 114 Surahs of the Koran, that demand obedience, submission, damnation to unbelievers and renegades of Islam, earthly and Hellish torment, and exhortations to fight in Allah’s Cause. His cause being Holy War or Jihad. It is incumbent on ALL Muslims to: Q9:29. Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

  • cxt

    At this rate charges of “apartheid” will be about as effective as charges of “Islamophobia” or “racism”…….overuse of the term, and misuse of the term leads to a serious downgrade in the impact of the term.

    Kinda like overuse and misuse of antibiotics. ;)

  • James Cove

    Nice photo you have taken ;-)

  • Mi GG

    i vote for dynbrake