vendredi 23 mai 2014

Spain: Find a new name for the village " or "Castrillo Kill the Jews!"

 

The Spanich anti-semitism remains...

A village of 71 inhabitants built around a pretty little Gothic church and nestled at the foot of a lost deep in the Castile-Leon Hill. Spanish village as there are thousands more who would remain anonymous if the mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez had not undertaken to change the name. I must say it is not easy to wear: Matajudíos Castrillo, "Castrillo Kill the Jews"or Jew-Slayer” in its literal translation. The municipality has called for a referendum on 25 May 2014, contemporarily to the European Parliament elections, to change its name into Motajudíos or Mota de Judíos.
         A name that the village had adopted at the end of the fifteenth century when it was then fashionable to appear more Christian than Christian in Spain and the Inquisition was at its peak. Under the leadership of the Catholic Monarchs Queen Isabella of Castile (1451-1504) and Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452-1516), Granada fell to Spanish hands, the reconquest of 700 years on Muslims ends and the Moors and Marrano Jewish Population were forced to convert to Christianity, expelled or killed.
         If History is Castrillo debate, historians agree on one point: the foundation date 1035
due to Spain's culture of anti-Semitism. Rodríguez said that after a massacre of Jews in Castrojeriz in 1035, many fled to nearby Castrillo. Later, in 1109, another massacre took place in Castrillo. Maria Royo, a spokesperson for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the phrase comes from medieval times, when converted Jews would sometimes be publicly executed in show trials around Easter. The practice was related to the charge of Jewish deicide, attributed to the Christian bishop Melito of Sardis which contended that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.

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