posted on Apr, 6 2004 @ 05:53 PM
Before you get the wrong idea and think that Israeli soldiers will be using pigs as body shields, or dipping bullets in pig fat or whatever wierd
stuff you can come up with. These pigs are trained to sniff out explosives. However Israel is considering adding bags of pig lards to buses to
prevent suicide bombings...remind never to take the bus while in Israel
Israel enlists pigs against terrorists
Yakutiel Ben-Yaacov, the leader of the Jewish Legion, learned about the British army's use of pigs during the 1936-1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. The
British deployed pigs, known to have a highly developed sense of smell, enabling discovery of explosives and deterring Muslim zealots from
Though the pig is considered a defiled animal strictly forbidden in Jewish dietary laws, the Muslims forbid any contact with the animal. Any contact
with the pig is punishable by denial of entry to paradise.
Ben-Yaacov's plan received the warm support of many of the most important rabbis in Israel and abroad. According to a Jewish law, saving a life
supercedes the prohibition to eat or have any contact with pigs.
This is not the first time Israel has made the decision to use pigs in its struggle with terrorism.
According to recent reports, the Israeli government may soon place bags of lard on buses – a favorite target of suicide bombers. Many Muslims thus
believe that a corpse smeared in pig remains disqualifies its owner from ascension to paradise, a goal of many Palestinian "martyrs."