An Israeli man was caught on film placing a piece of pork on the face of a Palestinian terrorist moments after the terrorist was killed after carrying out an attack.
The terrorist had stabbed an Israeli Police Officer in the town of Kiryat Arba, located next to Hebron, injuring him. He was shot by other officers and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after attempts to revive him failed.
Police claim that the terrorist tried to grab the gun of the injured police officer after he was stabbed, in an attempt to shoot nearby Israelis. Israeli news outlet Walla published a graphic video of the incident.
While pig flesh is considered impure by both Jews and Muslims, Jews are only prohibited to eat the flesh of the animal. However, according to some opinions in Muslim tradition, being in contact with or being buried with part of a pig’s flesh or blood could prevent a Muslim from receiving Allah’s blessing in the afterlife.
Lawyer and activist Itamar Ben Gvir praised the act and said that “the person who placed the pork on the terrorist should receive a medal. If this idea leads to fewer attacks, then there is no doubt that this is the idea of the year.”
Ben Gvir went on further to say that “the time has come when we need to forgo the niceties and recognize that we are at war over for our very existence.”
Israel Bremson, acting head of the city council, told Walla, “I was there when this occurred. I feel that this is a basic and normal reaction to what has been occurring in Israel. I do not condemn it at all. We should not even return the bodies of the terrorists. This terrorist came to kill Jews, and we should treat all such terrorists as this terrorist was treated.”
Bremson spoke out in favour of Israel taking a very strong hand against terrorists. “I saw the boy who was attacked on Thursday in the Hazon David Synagogue, his entrails were hanging out of his stomach. This site is far harsher than the one I saw today. I prefer this one.”
Bremson followed up that statement with another claiming that Israel needs to take whatever action is necessary to protect its citizens. “We need to address the needs of the nation that is being attacked, and this includes scaring the enemy in every appropriate way possible.”
The practice of using pig flesh to spiritually defile the bodies of dead Muslim fighters is not a new one. It dates back to the 19th century Philippines insurrection against the United States. In Israel the suggestion was raised in 2001 by then Deputy Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra. It has never been followed up on in an organized fashion.