Indiana city leader uses the phrase ‘Jewed them down’ at council meeting

“I inadvertently made a statement at a public meeting when referring to negotiations of a maintenance vehicle,” Gill told a local paper.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
May 1, 2019 06:13
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A City Council leader in Indiana used the anti-Semitic phrase “Jewed them down” at a meeting and later apologized.

The incident happened at an April 15 meeting of the Jeffersonville City Council, in the southern part of the state. When a local fire department employee requested a new truck, the council’s vice president, Lisa Gill, said “did you mention that you actually called about that truck, and actually what I call Jewed them down?”



According to the Jeffersonville News and Tribune, the fire department employee explained that he was able to lower the cost of the truck by nearly $10,000 by saying it was going to be used by a municipality.



“I inadvertently made a statement at a public meeting when referring to negotiations of a maintenance vehicle,” Gill told the News and Tribune. “My comment in reference to that negotiation was not meant to be insensitive, antisemitic or offend anyone. I apologize for my comment, and it will not be used again.”



The News and Tribune quoted local Jews unhappy with the incident.



“I felt sucker punched and really frustrated, but not really surprised,” Michelle Elisburg said.


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