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Israel Cabinet Leaves Non Kosher Kitchen Decision Up to ‘shalom’ Owners

The Israel Cabinet decided at its regular meeting today that the hotly disputed issue of a second kitchen on the luxury liner SS Shalom for the preparation of non-kosher food, was an issue of economics and not of religion, and left the decision to the liner’s owners, the Zim-Shoham Line.

The decision was voted reportedly by a close margin, in disregard of a Ministerial Committee recommendation that the issue was one of principle, and that an Israeli carrier should not have non-kosher facilities. The Zim directorate had come out strongly, during protracted public debate, in favor of a non-kosher kitchen for “competitive reasons.”