Monday, April 27, 2009

'Swine Flu'? Not in Israel, it's not!

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!


1 comment:

LabRat said...

You'd think they'd have no problem naming a virus after an unclean animal...