Israel Deputy Health Minister Shows Sensitivity: Re-names Illness After Nationality

Had Israeli Healh Ministry bigwig Yakov Litzman, had his way, Israel would have spent its 61st birthday free of swine flu. Litzman, from the hareidi United Torah Judaism party, declared that "swine flu," in deference to the sensitivity of Jewish and Muslim Israelis, will heretofore be referred to as "Mexican flu." Alas, this did not sit well with Mexican Mexicans, and after protests from the Mexican gov’t, Israel announced that it would remain "swine flu." No word yet on how Israeli pigs feel. And on that note, happy birthday, Israel!

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  1. mrnhghts

    This guy is a real talent, and I, for one, am happy that the Jewish state is finally utilizing the untapped resources of the ultra-Orthodox in the public sector. Of course, we still have a long way to go…

    This same Health Minister refuses to utter the


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