Rabbis OK Israeli police plan to use pig lard to ward off suicide bombers
Muslim tradition holds that any Muslim who comes in contact with a pig before dying will be denied access to heaven.
Israeli police are considering using bags of pig lard in buses and other places to deter Muslim suicide bombers, Maariv reported today. The proposal received the Jerusalem rabbinate’s approval.
“The prohibition of raising the pig is known,” said the chairman of the rabbinical committee of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. “But because we are dealing with pikuach nefesh, the saving of lives, it is permissible to have the animal.”