Israel: Pigheaded Protest

Pigheaded Protest

Nonkosher butchers usually keep a low profile in Israel, supplying meats to Christians and nonobservant Jews. But last week about half a dozen butchers handed out free ham sandwiches in downtown Jerusalem, attracting dozens of amused takers while infuriating others.

The giveaway was designed to protest a proposed ban on the sale of pork by Jewish businesses. The pork law was one of four concessions the government made to the small ultra-Orthodox Agudat Israel party last week in return for a coalition agreement. Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir also promised to impose further restrictions on abortion, curb public transportation on the Sabbath,...

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