Mexico Complains to Israel About Litzman’s New Name for Swine Flu


litzmanMexico today launched an official complaint to Israel regarding Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman’s suggestion to call swine flu “Mexican flu” (reported here) in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork.

Mexico’s Ambassador to Israel Frederico Salas complained to the Foreign Ministry in Yerushalayim that the name Mexican influenza was bothersome and worrying.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that Israel had no intention of changing the name of the virus and emphasized the friendly ties between Israel and Mexico.

During a press conference yesterday, Litzman said the reference to pigs was offensive to both religions and “we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu.”

{Yair Israel/JPost}