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

Council’s vice president Lisa Gill apologizes for comment, made when local fire department employee requested a new truck

City council leader in Indiana uses the anti-Semitic phrase at a meeting on April 15, 2019 (Screen grab via  Jeffersonville News and Tribune)
City council leader in Indiana uses the anti-Semitic phrase at a meeting on April 15, 2019 (Screen grab via Jeffersonville News and Tribune)

JTA — 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, anti-Semitic 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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