Rabbis take cue from age-old problem...


From correspondents in Jerusalem
February 12, 2004
ISRAELI police have come up with plans to place bags
of pig lard on buses in a bid to deter Palestinian
militants from carrying out suicide attacks, the Maariv
daily reported.

Rabbinical authorities have given the idea its approval
on the grounds that it could be a life-saving measure
even though pigs are also considered impure by Jews. .

Authorities believe that the move could discourage
Palestinians from carrying out attacks as pieces of their
exploded body could come into contact with the pig fat,
prejudicing their chances of entering into paradise.

The paper said that the rabbinical dispensation could
mean that security forces also hang bags of lard in
shopping malls and schools.

Public buses have been a favourite target for Palestinian
suicide bombers since the start of the intifada in
September 2000.

Agence France-Presse

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