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French Official of ‘Death to Jews’ Town: No One Means Harm to Jews

There is nothing like a quaint tradition of pogroms to insist that hate language is not harmful.
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Muslim preacher wears "Kill the Jews" headband, but of course he doesn't mean it.

Muslim preacher wears "Kill the Jews" headband, but of course he doesn't mean it.

A French deputy mayor said she was opposed to changing the name of a locality under her jurisdiction called “death to the Jews.”

Marie-Elisabeth Secretand of the village of Courtemaux advocated keeping the name of Mort-Aux-Juifs in an interview with the news agency AFP.

Secretand was reacting to a letter sent Monday by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urging him to have the name changed.

“It’s absurd, this name has existed for ages,” she said. “Of course no one means to harm the Jews.”

According to Secretand, Mort-Aux-Juifs is made up of a farm and two homes. She added that a local council declined a motion to have the village renamed 20 years ago.

In his letter, Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, implored Cazeneuve to seek “the earliest removal of this genocidal name and its replacement with an identity rather more welcoming to all.”

According to Samuels, the name is apparently of long date, possibly as far as the 11th-century pogroms that ended with the expulsion of France’s 110,000 Jews by King Philip IV of France in 1306.

Samuels found surprising “that the name remained under Napoleon’s emancipation of French Jewry,” adding “that it was unnoticed during seventy years since the liberation of France from the Nazis and Vichy is most shocking.”

Earlier this year, a majority of residents in a village in northern Spain, Castrillo MataJudios, voted to change their municipality’s name because it meant “Camp kill Jews.”

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42 Responses to “French Official of ‘Death to Jews’ Town: No One Means Harm to Jews”

  1. No of course not. Kill the Jews means kill them with kindness

  2. May Davies says:

    “Kill the Jews” means it’s time for the GREATER EXODUS!
    Make aliyah now!
    <3

  3. Suicide is painless it brings on many changes but I can take or leave if I,try

  4. **** that noise! You tell me “Kill the Jews”, you mean kill the Jews and no amount of political ass kissing will change it. People wanna say kill the Jews? Put your money where your mouth is bitch. I’m ready any time you are.

  5. God, do I hate France

  6. God, do I hate France

  7. God, do I hate France

  8. David Cohen says:

    Depends on how you do it, Porree Taylor and whether you screw it up. If you slash your wrists the wrong way, all you do us sever your wrist tendons and become unable to grip with strength.

  9. David Cohen says:

    Depends on how you do it, Porree Taylor and whether you screw it up. If you slash your wrists the wrong way, all you do us sever your wrist tendons and become unable to grip with strength.

  10. In case someone did not know, Death is harmful.

  11. France better clean up there act. The world is not going to have any respect, or do business. If you loose international trade ,over racist of Jews or anyone. You done as they say. Jews are not the problem, its those saying what there saying.

  12. Ina J Ina says:

    live France now, let them to kill each other. i will not cry for them

  13. Ina J Ina says:

    live France now, let them to kill each other. i will not cry for them

  14. Ina J Ina says:

    live France now, let them to kill each other. i will not cry for them

  15. Eva Perl says:

    it would be to late to tell after the mob already done with us

  16. Judith Dowla says:

    It is harmful and not necessary. And it is not done in humor either. Should we mock the Bastille or the French of France. No we should not do that. We believe in being respectful to others and it is a pleasure to receive the same but if we do not we can manage to over come what a person deems fit for themselves and not read anything into it.. It is only a personal point of view and fun eh? All in good humor, learn to laugh at ourselves eh? Pograms and all eh?

  17. Judith Dowla says:

    It is harmful and not necessary. And it is not done in humor either. Should we mock the Bastille or the French of France. No we should not do that. We believe in being respectful to others and it is a pleasure to receive the same but if we do not we can manage to over come what a person deems fit for themselves and not read anything into it.. It is only a personal point of view and fun eh? All in good humor, learn to laugh at ourselves eh? Pograms and all eh?

  18. see, see, the MORON, SEE THE MORON WICKED CHANT, SEE THE MORON BURN THE WICKED SWINE AND THEIR SWINE KORAN, the book of the demons

  19. see, see, the MORON, SEE THE MORON WICKED CHANT, SEE THE MORON BURN THE WICKED SWINE AND THEIR SWINE KORAN, the book of the demons

  20. see, see, the MORON, SEE THE MORON WICKED CHANT, SEE THE MORON BURN THE WICKED SWINE AND THEIR SWINE KORAN, the book of the demons

  21. Norman Press says:

    Paris burns. Good by France.

  22. Kathy Kupfer says:

    There seem to be a lot of people with nothing to do with their time but hate Jews. Freeloaders and ignorant idiots.

  23. Kc Caldwell says:

    Sort of like a football team that refuses to change its racist name?

  24. You reap what you sow. It is a fixed law of nature…

  25. I also think its time to teach them a lesson.

  26. Liz Smith says:

    Black is white now! Sorry, not there yet

  27. the message is clear i the Jews leave there is no death if not there is just a small difference to these barbars

  28. Ellen Berman says:

    What do you expect from the French???

  29. Incredibile come l’attaccamento al benessere e a falsi e vili amici non riesca a spingerli a fare aliah’ e costruire insieme la NOSTRA patria.Noi e gli ebrei europei abbiamo bisogno reciproco,non ci laciate soli TRADENDOCI e non rischiate la vostra vita e il futuro dei vostri figli>

  30. Ann Cohen says:

    Stupid town change your name.

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  32. I won’t be going to France.

  33. French are, always have been and always will be cowards.

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