Israel’s Ambassador to Spain has joined Spanish officials in celebrating the name change of the ancient Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios (“Camp Kill Jews”) to Castrillo Mota de Judios (“Jews’ Hill Camp”).

The event to took place on Friday after the north-central village of around 50 inhabitants voted to change its name after the mayor argued it was offensive and the village should honour its Jewish origins.

Documents show the village’s original name was “Jews’ Hill Camp” and that the “Kill Jews” name dates from 1627, after a 1492 Spanish edict ordering Jews to convert to Catholicism or flee the country.

Ambassador Daniel Kutner wanted to give Israel’s blessing and said the town’s decision to celebrate its Jewish past was to be praised.

Source: Politica Elpais