JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Swine flu? Not in the Jewish state.
“We will call it Mexico flu. We won’t call it swine flu,” Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, a black-garbed Orthodox Jew, told a news conference Monday, assuring the Israeli public that authorities were prepared to handle any cases.
Under Jewish dietary laws, pigs are considered unclean and pork is forbidden food — although the non-kosher meat is available in some stores in Israel.
This is completely ridiculous. If the logic is “swines aren’t kosher, treyf is bad,” wouldn’t a “bad” connotation be fitting for a deadly flu virus? Oh, Israel…