German Bank Teller Refuses Service to Israeli

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A bank teller at Bank Sparkasse, one of the largest banks in Germany, refused to open an account for an Israeli living in Berlin, telling him that Israeli passport holders are under embargo.

As a result of Ynet’s request for comment, the bank’s management – after an inquiry that lasted two weeks – responded by saying it was an error done by the teller, adding: “All we can do is apologize.”

The Israeli, Yakir Avraham, went to the bank’s branch in the Alexanderplatz area of Berlin, and when he gave the teller his Israeli passport in order to open the bank account, the teller took the passport and went into another room to check it. She returned a few minutes later and said “I’m very sorry, but we cannot open up a bank account for you here. We aren’t allowed to open accounts for citizens of countries under embargo.”

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