February 13, 2004
Israeli police have come up with plans to put bags of pig lard on buses in a bid to deter Palestinian militants from carrying out suicide attacks.
Rabbinical authorities have given their approval to the idea on the grounds that it could be a life-saving measure, even though pigs are considered impure by Jews as well as Muslims.
Authorities believe the plan could discourage Palestinians from carrying out attacks as pieces of their exploded body could come into contact with the pig fat, prejudicing their chances of entering paradise.
The Ma'ariv daily says the rabbinical dispensation could mean that security forces also hang bags of lard in shopping malls and schools.
Public buses have been a favourite target for Palestinian suicide bombers since the start of the intifada in September 2000.