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Spanish ‘Kill Jews’ village considers changing its name to drop anti-Semitic phrase

Published time: April 12, 2014 19:23
Photo from Flickr/Cameron Slangeberry

Photo from Flickr/Cameron Slangeberry

A Spanish village, whose Inquisition-era name contains the phrase “kill Jews”, is considering changing its name to its original and more peaceful one that means "Jews' Hill".

Castrillo Matajudios [where ‘matar Judios’ means ‘killing Jews’], a small village with 60 families in Leon, northern Spain, is set to officially decide on the name change at a referendum next week, the regional daily Diario de Burgos reports.

The meeting of all residents at a town hall, where the people will be told the history of the village and its name, and the vote are scheduled on April, 19.

If the majority votes for the proposal submitted by local mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez, the village will revert to its original name Castrillo Mota de Judios, which means “Castrillo Jews’ Hill” that was changed during the Spanish Inquisition.

"The decision by majority will be respected, even if there is one vote [difference],” Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez said.

According to Rodriguez, in 1035 there was a massacre of Jews in nearby Castrojeriz, which had one of the earliest Jewish communities in Spain. Many of them fled to nearby Castrillo where equal rights had been given to Jews and Christians back in 974. However, Castrillo, too, saw a massacre in 1109.

The name Matajudios also dates back to medieval times, when converted Jews were sometimes publicly executed in show trials at around Easter.

In some parts of Spain, especially in the north, the term “killing Jews” (matar Judios) is used to describe the traditional drinking of lemonade spiked with alcohol at festivals held in city squares at Easter.

"Unfortunately, these expressions exist in Spain, but the people who use them do not know their true meaning," spokesman for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain Maria Royo told local Jewish News Agency. “It is a complicated issue that is ingrained in local culture.”

Given the popularity of the expression, “it is impossible to forbid this language” in that context, Royo explained.

Leon will hold its “matar Judios” fiesta on Good Friday, April 18, where organizers estimate 40,000 gallons of lemonade will be sold.

Comments (45)

 

giovannino Michael 14.04.2014 14:24

One of the few jews deserving respect for his shared battle is Gilad Atzmon. Check out his mind about the sick jewish-zio general stance on Humans, Nature and Life in general.
They keep singing and playing their old stinking song. It's deja vu second choice cabaret.

 

Hans Wust 13.04.2014 21:03

On the current subject, this kind of names ought to be taken as memorials of historical events that should never again happen.
Nothing to feel proud of but ashamed instead.
Fortuna tely, nobody feels like harboring such feelings anymore.

 

Hans Wust 13.04.2014 20:57

First of all, "Anti-Semitic&q uot; is a non-sense, the right word is "Anti-Jewish&qu ot; for Arabs, Syrians, Lebanese, etc. are not protected by it despite they are all Semitic peoples.
It's terrifying how easily blunders like this are accepted.
Anothe r one is the new "Christianity&q uot; instead of Christianism, it caused to invent Christendom in replacement of Christianity.

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