Spanish Village Called "Kill Jews" Thinking About Maybe Changing Name

A northern Spanish village will vote next week on whether or not to keep its current name "Castrillo Matajudios," which translates as "Castrillo Kill Jews." Hmmm. Tough call!

Castrillo Matajudios will convene its 60 resident families at a town hall meeting next week to vote on the proposal, which Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez submitted. He has suggested that the name be changed to Castrillo Mota de Judios, meaning "Castrillo Jews' Hill," which is believed to be the village's original name before it was changed during the Spanish inquisition.

Mayor Rodríguez told local Spanish daily newspaper Diario de Burgos, via the Independent: "The majority decision will be respected, even if it is only by one vote."

"Matar Judios" is also the term used to describe the tradition of drinking lemonade spiked with alcohol at festivals held in the city square during Easter, which is an incredibly unfortunate name for something that sounds just delightful. The term is believed to come from medieval times when converted Jewish people were publicly executed around Easter in Spain. (Like drinking at a festival, you see.)

A spokesperson for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain spoke with the Jerusalem Post about the expression:

"Regrettably, this type of expression exists in Spain in ceremonies and parties ... the people saying it are mostly unaware of the history. It is a complicated issue that is ingrained in local culture."

Last month, Ramon Benavides, the president of a local associations of hoteliers, told the news agency EFE, "When 'killing Jews,' it's best to take it slow and keep track of how much you drink to avoid excesses and its consequences the next day."

Huh. I'm starting to think that maybe they should change it?

[Image via Independent]