Vandals Target Spanish Town That Changed Its Anti-Semitic Name

Camp Kill Jews became Jews' Hill Camp in 2014
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2016 6:20 PM CDT
Vandals Target Spanish Town That Changed Its Anti-Semitic Name
The Spanish town of Jews' Camp Hill in 2010, back when it was still known as Camp Kill Jews.   (Wikimedia Commons)

An ancient Spanish town that voted to change its name because it was deemed anti-Semitic has come under attack from extremist groups who have daubed the town's signposts and buildings with offensive right-wing symbols and messages protesting the change, the AP reports. The village of some 50 inhabitants voted in 2014 to change its name from Castrillo Matajudios—"Camp Kill Jews"—to Castrillo Mota de Judios—"Jews' Hill Camp." Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez Perez said that since then there have been six vandalism incidents as well as protests whenever Jewish or Israeli representatives visited.

After the latest weekend attack, the town has decided to file a complaint with police. But Rodriguez Perez said the graffiti and vandalism would not change the town's push to honor its Jewish origins. (Read more antisemitism stories.)

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