word Jew in any form other
than a noun is
Arnold G Konheim
November 25, 2002
Wants Jewfish Creek Renamed, Calls it
KEY LARGO -- Last year,
a Georgia scientist successfully lobbied
that the official name of Florida's
largest grouper species be changed from
jewfish, which he found offensive, to
another man is seeking that the name of
the narrow Key Largo channel known as
Jewfish Creek also be amended.
Arnold G. Konheim of Washington,
D.C. has petitioned the U.S. Board on
Geographic Names to change the name.
"The word Jew in any form other than a
noun is derogatory,' Konheim wrote in his
Konheim's quest has some support, but
the issue hardly seems to be a divisive
Jim Boruszak, the congregation
president of the Keys Jewish Community
Center in Tavernier, said the issue is
"It is not a subject of conversation
among Jewish people around here,' Boruszak
said. "Most people don't even know the
name of the fish has been changed.'
commissioners voted unanimously last
week against re-naming the creek, which
has been known as Jewfish Creek for
since the early 1900s, at least. In
fact, postal records show that the town
known now as Key Largo was called
Jewfish until 1921.
The commissioners' ruling is
significant because the federal
name-change board considers local opinion
when making its decisions.
Gary Grossman, the scientist who
lobbied to have the fish species name
change, says the continued usage of the
word Jewfish is anti-Semitic.
"I don't believe anybody would let a
derogatory geographic name stand for an
African-American or a Hispanic in South
Florida right now,' said Grossman, a fish
ecologist at the University of Georgia.
"So I don't understand why this is any
items on this website:
Irving, A Radical's Diary, Dec 2,
2001: "Every time I drive down the
Florida Keys, I wonder how long it will
be before that nice Mr Abe Foxman of
the Anti-Defamation League (friend and
benefactor of billionaire tax-fraudster
Marc Rich) succeeds in getting Jewfish
Creek renamed to something else."
dossier on the origins of
McGuire tells us that Jewfish and
Squawfish are poor taste