The Pork Prohibition Law was accepted by the Israeli K’neset back in 1962. It is a Jewish religious national law, prohibiting the cultivation and slaughter of pigs for food. It does exclude non-Jewish regions, such as Arab Christian towns, zoos and research.
|This law relates to pigs only and does not expand to other non-kosher animals, although the Halakha does not make that distinction. There is no explanation in the bill for that, and it is accepted as a symbolic act. The reason is back in Jewish history in exile, as enforcing pigs on Jews as an act of conversion is in the Jewish collective memory as a symbol of Christian prosecutions.The motivation behind this legislation is related to the relations and struggles between orthodox and secular Jews in Israel. It’s a delicate balance, which is periodically interrupted by large immigration waves and the evolvement of a secular Israeli culture, diversified from compromising to rebelling religion.|
|Pig (also Pork)||Khazir||