I'm sure most readers are aware by now of the outbreak of 'swine flu' in Mexico, that's spreading throughout North America, and perhaps worldwide. However, according to 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.
Y'know, Minister, I don't think that a flu virus is going to give a damn, one way or another, about your dietary, religious or naming conventions. Your people are going to get sick anyway!