Isn’t it great when a Jew can uproot his entirely life, and move to a Jewish country, in order to fully experience the warm embrace of his coreligionists?
What I mean is, isn’t it fucked up that some poor kid can move to Israel, join the army, and get tossed in the slammer, just for eating a scrumptious pork sandwich given to him by his elderly grandmother?
And yet, that’s exactly what almost happened to a recent American émigré and IDF trainee who not only ate the unkosher meat, but then offered it to his fellow officers in training. What a monster. When military brass caught wind (delicious, pork-flavored wind) of the misconduct, they notified the soldier that he had, in fact, broken the Israeli army’s kosher standards on their military bases, and would face 11 days in a military prison for the offense.
Reports Israeli daily Ha’aretz:
The soldier lives on a kibbutz with his grandmother, who made him the sandwiches, which he proceeded to offer to his fellow soldiers.
A representative for the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit told Israel Radio that the soldier was given such a harsh sentence because his actions were unbecoming for a soldier currently in commander’s training school.
The jail sentence was, however, ultimately overturned with the soldier, instead, being forced to give up an upcoming weekend-long furlough as his punishment.
There is, as of now, no word on what happened to the offending sandwiches, themselves. They remain at large and are presumed delicious.