Members68 Sheep for a Feast

While Israel is a bastion of modern Western values and culture, it is still very much a part of the Middle East—and some things in this region haven’t changed in millennia.

By Ryan Jones |
Kara (center) is the first Druze Cabinet minister
A CAUSE TO CELEBRATE Kara (center) is the first Druze Cabinet minister

For instance, joyful celebration is typically accompanied by the slaughter of animals for a feast.

While most of Israel’s Jewish population no longer engages in such practices, one need only open the pages of the Bible to know that it is part of their cultural heritage. For that reason, Israel’s newest government minister, Ayoub Kara, a member of the Druze minority that still adheres to such customs, thought his Jewish countrymen would accept his celebratory slaughter.

Kara, a member of the ruling Likud party, is the first Druze to ever hold a Cabinet position. To mark the occasion, he held a feast and slaughtered 68 sheep for his guests, one for each year of Israel’s independence since it became a state in 1948. The slaughter was taken in stride by fellow Druze and some of the Jewish guests. But animal rights groups were outraged.

“Killing an animal is heartbreaking, not a sign of joy,” said Let the Animals Live. “We were horrified by the killing of these 68 sheep, counted one by one as their slaughter was performed openly.”

Anonymous...

Israel Today Membership

Become a Member

  • Read all member content

    Get exclusive in-depth reports from Israel.

  • Get exclusive in-depth reports from Israel

    Connect with Israel, right from your home.

  • Lift up the voice of truth and hope

    Support Jerusalem-based Zionist journalism.

Already a member? .

Members

Israel Today Membership

Read all member content. Access exclusive, in-depth reports from Israel! Free Zoom events. Connect with Israel right from your home! Raise a voice of truth and hope. Support Faith-based journalism in Jerusalem!

Monthly
Membership

$5
/ month
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Become a Member

Yearly
Membership

$46
/ year
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Save 18% Per Month.
Become a Member

Six Months
Membership

$28
every 6 months
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Save 9% Per Month.
Become a Member

Leave a Reply