With the immigration of former Soviet Union Jews to Israel came fears that pork would become more popular in Israel.
But Haaretz reports that strangely, Israelis and even Jewish tourists from France, Russia and America have developed such an aversion to pork that over the last couple of years, many Tel Aviv restaurants, including upscale and trendy establishments, have removed it from their menus. Others occasionally list it as a special.
The owner of one place told Haaretz that diners said they wouldn’t be coming back “because there’s pork in the kitchen.”
“In Israel in 2016, pork is taboo,” said another restaurateur. “Even people who aren’t religious and don’t really keep kosher still consider the pig an unclean and untouchable animal.”
No one knows why the aversion to pork has reached new extremes.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel