Netanya: No Pork and Ham Sold in Residential Areas

ISRAEL - The seaside municipality of Netanya, Israel's 8th largest city, has banned the sale of pig meat in residential and tourist areas. The "other thing," as pig meat is often known in Judaism, may be sold only in two outlying industrial zones.
calendar icon 19 July 2007
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The Netanya City Council convened on Tuesday, in light of sharp protests against the opening of a giant supermarket that planned to sell pork. Between 50 and 70 stores sell pork products in the city center, and most of their customers are new immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The opening of the latest store sparked particularly strong oppositionm, however, and some religious Jews even chained themselves to the store's doors on Sunday.

In a quickly called session, the City Council voted 12-3 to forbid the opening of new pork-selling stores and prohibit the opening of new ones. Half of the council members are religiously observant.

Mayor Miriam Feierberg, who did not object to the bill, said that the issue is actually one for the Knesset, not city councils. She called upon the national legislature to pass a law forbidding the sale of non-kosher meat in Israel.

Opposition councilman Boris Tzirulnik, and others, said they would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

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