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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

When Soup Is Racist

Posted by on January 25 at 10:03 AM

That’s the question burning up synapses in France, after officials in Strasbourg banned a charity soup kitchen with far-right ties from distributing Jew-and-Muslim-baiting pork soup.

Given that neiher Jews nor Muslims partake of the swine on religious grounds, the free pork soup is being denounced as “deliberate discrimination” against down-on-their-luck Jews and Muslims—a view upheld by Strasbourg’s mayor: “Schemes with racial subtexts must be denounced,” said Mayor Fabienne Keller to the BBC. Full report here.

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Pork schmork. Most traditional French soups contain a combination of meat [beef, chicken, veal or beef, chicken or veal stock] and dairy [butter, cream, cheese, etc.] and wouldn't be considered Kosher. In fact, I can't think of many French soups that would be acceptable to a vegetarian, let alone an observant Jew.

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