Spain's Jews call for removal of pejorative from dictionary

By JTA
September 8, 2012 03:29




The representative body of Spain’s Jewish community has renewed efforts to have a pejorative word connected to Jews scrapped from the country's official dictionary.

Isaac Querub, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain (FCJE), recently wrote to the Royal Spanish Academy, the institution responsible for regulating the Spanish language, to remove the word “Judiada” from the Dictionary of the Spanish Language.

The dictionary defines the word, which literally means Jewry, as: “Bad action that is considered, with bias, to belong to Jews."

This negative statement about Jews “goes against the norms of good behavior. It does not belong in a dictionary published in the 21st century,” Querub wrote in a letter to the academy.

The new edition of the official dictionary is scheduled to appear in 2014.


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