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Wait what? Israeli official speaking for Muslims and Islam? Uhhhh…

JERUSALEM (AP) — The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed “Mexican” influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.

Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions and “we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu,” he told a news conference at a hospital in central Israel.

Both Judaism and Islam consider pigs unclean and forbid the eating of pork products.

Scientists are unsure where the new swine flu virus originally emerged, though it was identifed first in the United States. They say there is nothing about the virus that makes it “Mexican” and worry such a label would be stigmatizing.

Two Israelis who recently visited Mexico have been hospitalized with symptoms of the flu. Health authorities have not yet confirmed whether they actually have the virus.

The current strain of swine flu is thought to have originated in Mexico where more than 100 people have been killed by the disease so far.

Laboratories in the U.S. and Canada have confirmed that of the samples tested so far, the swine flu virus in Mexico and U.S. appear to be the same.

Did anyone else find “swine flu” offensive? I didn’t.

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  • 31 Responses for "Israeli Official: Swine Flu is offensive to Jews and Muslims, Rename it Mexican Flu"

    1. Mohammed Khan April 27th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

      Maybe this is a bad attempt at the Israeli government to try to make good with the Muslim world?

      Either that or he was having a slow day at the office.

    2. Sakib April 27th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

      Swine Flu comes from pigs, though it spreads from human to human like a normal flu. The problem arises when a Muslim or Jew gets swine flu and then everyone thinks they’re a haraami for eating pig. I get that much.

      Offensive? Not really. Confusing to ignorants? Yes. Worth changing the name so poor sick people don’t have to take judgmental crap? Sure.

      Mexican flu ain’t any good either.

    3. sabiwabi April 27th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      HUH?!

      I glad that at least for once this sort of absurdity did not come from the mouth of a Muslim.

      I thought if anything that the name would make Muslims happy, so they could say “look! another reason to hate swine!” You can’t please anyone these days!

      Calling it the Mexican flu is more offensive, but this Israeli wouldn’t know that because he probably never met a Mexican in his life. Why don’t we just call it the “non-biased, non-partisan, crappy, killer flu”.

      The End

    4. The MV April 27th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

      Yea…and calling it the Mexican flew isnt offensive? Alright….?

    5. Muslim April 27th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      Man..people are sure stupid.. but i always thought that officials have advisors and shit and they generally don’t say rediculous stuff.. but i am dead wrong.

      If eating swine is forbidden.. and calling it swine flu is offensice..by the same logic isn’t eating Mexicans also fobidden!

    6. miloservic April 27th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

      over-sensitivities, i think

    7. student April 27th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      Haha well I didn’t find it insulting, but imagine coming down with swine flu. First of all, it would feel revolting, much more than if you had, say, bird flu. It would feel like you had a little bit of pig in you, making you sick! Second, imagine the emotional damage in having to tell all your friends. Insofar as you are not dying, you would be the brunt of all of their jokes, for the rest of your sorry life.

      I know, you would probably be much more worried about pain and death. But still, it is a funny thought. Or maybe just to me. 😛

    8. Kearns April 27th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

      I’ve asked all of the pigs I know, and all of the influenza viruses I know, and none of them find it offensive…

    9. aamer Khan April 27th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

      i think swine flu is offensive…to cops! haha.

    10. Stranger April 27th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

      Wow this is nuts. It’s just a name, and an appropriate one because it’s origin is believed to have originated from the swine. Naming it a Mexican flu is ten times worse.

    11. Ibrahim Wilson April 27th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

      BIsmillah

      As salamu ‘alikum….hmmm let’s try not to find any humor in this at all, people are dying this is very serious.

      It’s sad because this is a really excellent web site you would think that Muslims would be using opportunities like this to reach out to humanity and educate about Islam and the dangers of eating swine or assocating with swine too much at all….
      You think we could also reinvestigate rather or not avian flu is really swine flue and rather or not it mutated from the swine to birds back to swine and now to humans…
      wallahu ‘alim

    12. Bahaa Chehab April 27th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

      I think the number of possibilities of how this happened is big. We got a problem right here and I agree with what Ibrahim said, that it’s an opportunity for Muslims to educate people from other religions AND even other Muslims who don’t mind eating pig products and believe me there are so many!

      We should also make sure not to mock other religions because they permit the consumption of pork and other pig products. However, I don’t think it is offensive to Muslims and Jews to call it “swine flue”. There is no need to sugarcoat it! That’s exactly what it is and that is what it’s supposed to be called.

      Salam
      Baha’a

    13. Shazan April 27th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

      @MR
      I thought it was pretty obvious why they would want to say “Muslims and Jews”.

      None of the Muslims Ive talked to found it even slightly offensive. I personally find it ridiculous. As do most people who heard the Zionist Health Minister’s comments. And he knows this fact very well.
      So in an effort to not be seen as the only ridiculous party, they’ve pulled the Muslims on the bandwagon as well. It serves two other major Zionist interests

      1) To show the world that the Muslims are different than normal human beings. They find the use of the word “swine” in the context of a disease to be offensive.
      2) To show the world that the Muslims are always whining for special considerations due to their religion

    14. Abdullah April 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

      I have to somewhat agree with the Israeli official. I am a Muslim and would be very upset if I came down with the “swine flu” especially since I do not eat pork. But calling it Mexican flu will not solve anyting either and would cause more harm than good. My suggestion let’s keep calling it “swine flu”. It doesn’t matter if people think you ate pork. Only God judges us. But for the folks who do eat pork hopefully this will be a lesson.
      Also it’s nice to see Muslims and Jews agreeing on something. Maybe this is God’s way of getting us back together. Allah Akhbar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_flu

    15. maghi85 April 27th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

      well atleast, with that name, swine comsuption will be reduced globally and hence the number of pigs walking around on streets will reduce drastically as well

    16. Anas... April 27th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

      Nice article, lol

    17. David April 27th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

      Hilarious.. We just need to accept the fact that the virus traveled from pig to human after the mutation and can course through our veins. heheh

    18. nadia April 28th, 2009 at 1:52 am

      Haha! I thought this was just a joke… never thought that it could actually be a real news. 😀
      No, I don’t think it’s offensive at all. It’s just a name.

    19. Arslan April 28th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

      Is he just trying to get people to take us less seriously?..

    20. Stranger April 28th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

      On a side note, there is some talk going on of changing the name because of the implications it has for the pork and hog industries. “The European Union’s health commissioner has suggested the virus be renamed “novel flu.” ”
      I think it may be too late to hope that an official change in the name would be recognized by everyone in the public, but it’s an interesting article nonetheless.
      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090428/ap_on_re_us/us_swine_flu_pork_backlash

    21. Hajar Alwi April 28th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

      Thought it was another joke till I caught it in the evening news yesterday. ‘Not the least bit offensive at all. Sure, some people are bound to interpret that pork consumption = swine flu ; a rather misleading assumption but it doesn’t make a right by renaming it to Mexican flu.

    22. Cool20 April 29th, 2009 at 6:18 am

      Your friend thinks too much.

    23. >>>>>>>gg April 29th, 2009 at 11:44 am

      who cares about the Name !!!!!!
      but the fact that people are
      dieing and gettting very ill
      insh’Allah it gets cured

    24. nattauhi April 30th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

      I was reading a government health site, they said you can not become infected with swine flu by eating pork or pork products. Its from being around pigs that carry the virus and pass it onto a human being.

    25. kareema May 1st, 2009 at 12:08 pm

      ^^^ idiotic person :(

    26. Cool20 May 2nd, 2009 at 2:31 am

      Cooked pork is still ok. Enjoy,

    27. turok May 3rd, 2009 at 12:48 am

      Bad attempt to recall that jews and arabs have similar origin. we know, jews don’t eat pork because pigs are the jews who were punished by god. muslims don’t eat pig meat because of hard lessons in the past, the shit meat really is poisonous! the correct name for the flu is pig flu.

    28. David May 3rd, 2009 at 6:51 pm

      No need to get carried away. It’s the simple fact that pigs have split hooves, don’t chew their cud, eat filth….. God orders are as such.

      But just for fun, I’ll share this funny thing I found.

      “Historians fancy the notion that Jewish pig phobia stems from their stint as slaves in Egypt during the time when the cult of the god Seth held pigs to be exalted beasts. This may also explain the curious reports that certain Jewish families used to have secret pork feasts once a year. According to scholar Frederick Simoons, when Seth was overthrown, his beloved spareribs became taboo for Egyptians, save for a yearly feast held at the full moon, a habit some Jews might have picked up.”

    29. billy May 4th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

      people are dead because of this virus ………and all people are worried about is its name may offend religion . thank fuk i am an atheist

    30. David May 4th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

      hahah word

    31. Circumcised Circumstances June 28th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

      Well, I’ve news for Yakov Litzman. If a Jew gets sick from the swine flu, he is infected by a virus that originated in pigs. This will create a huge, systemic crisis in the Jew, as his entire body is made unclean. As the Jew’s body is made non-kosher by the spread of the contagion through the blood supply, he will cease to be Jewish and degenerate into a goy, which translates to cow in English. However, no self-respecting goy would be fooled for an instant by such a conversion. Thus will the Jew be condemned for the remainder of his days to roam the earth, loved by none, shunned by all.

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