Spanish town 'Fort Kill the Jews' vandalized with antisemitic graffiti after Jew moves in

Published date05 August 2022
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
As reported by the El País daily, the family will soon join another Jewish one that moved to the town earlier this year — the first to do so since medieval times

Originally named Castrillo Motajudíos, or Jew's Hill Fort, in 1035 when Jews fleeing from a neighboring pogrom settled there, the town was renamed Castrillo Matajudíos — Fort Kill The Jews — in 1627, during a period of extreme religious persecution carried out by the Inquisition.

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Vandals spray painted the word Auschwitz, the name of the infamous former Nazi camp, onto one of the village's signs with its restored current name. They also wrote the Fort Kill the Jews name onto a signpost that leads into the town. Several garbage containers throughout the village were lit on fire.

Mayor Lorenzo Rodríguez told the website that he thinks neo-Nazis or other antisemitic groups from Madrid, Valencia or Santander are behind the vandalism and that they acted when they learned that a Jewish family is moving into the town of around 50 people.

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain condemned the vandalism in a news release.

"The Federation asks the relevant authorities to strengthen preventive measures to avoid these incidents and to identify those involved in the recurrent attacks on the village of Castrillo Mota de Judíos," the release...

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