Friday, May 1, 2009


What's up with this kind of newspeak?

Israeli Health Minister Yakov Litzman has been updating a nervous public on the swine flu epidemic - and he started by renaming it for religious reasons.

"We will call it Mexican flu. We won't call it swine flu," said Mr Litzman, who belongs to the ultra-religious United Torah Judaism party.

Pigs are considered unclean under Jewish dietary laws. Muslims also do not eat pork for similar reasons. (04/27/09, Israel renames unkosher swine flu, BBC News.)

Image source: Flickr by Fabio Rex Too. Via Jack Yan.

Allison Benedikt is asking the following important question: Mexican Flu? (But What Would Rabbi Gamaliel Call Baconnaise?) [Editor's comment: I will come back to Baconnaise in my next post. In the meantime, please have a bacon & ham toast and a drink!]

A Priest, a Minister and a Rabbi walk into a bar from CRT/tanaka on Vimeo.

Luckily the health ministry changed its mind before Mexico started a "war" against Israel.