Geva Zin, an Israeli mine-clearing expert, trains one of his pigs to find explosives in the southern Kibbutz of Lahav, Sept. 30, 2003 (Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP-Getty Images).
Former Chief Rabbi Mordehai Eliyahu and [the West Bank settlement of] Kiryat Arba’s Chief Rabbi Dov Lior have given their endorsement to a proposal to test the use of wild pigs in detecting terrorist infiltrators and explosives in West Bank communities. “Boars could be better than dogs in finding mines and explosives,” says a former trainer of sniffer dogs.
“Wild pigs have a very advanced sense of smell, many times better than that of the dogs,” said Yekutiel Ben-Yaakov, director of the Jewish Legion. “Special trainers would be brought from Israel and from overseas to train them to ‘patrol’ around communities and find hiding terrorists,” he said.
An additional advantage to the use of pigs would be the fact that the animal is considered dangerous in Islam. According to Islamic belief, any terrorist who touches an “unclean” pig or even pigskin “would be denied the reward of 70 virgins in heaven,” Ben-Yaakov said. He added that the purchase of pigs would be financed by donations raised overseas and that the animals would be purchased from Kibbutz Lahav in the Negev, where efforts are already being made to train pigs to sniff out landmines.
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Makes sense to me. Solve two problems at the same time. Explosives and Muslims. Even people dressed in garbage bags would be found out.