Seconds often make the difference between life and death and new technology makes the difference…
In a country where the two main religions, Judaism and Islam, both forbid its consumption, researchers say that Israel’s feral pig population was originally European, likely arriving with the Philistines more than 3,000 years ago.
A new study in the journal Scientific Reports that was based on the DNA of modern and ancient feral pigs, also known as boar, revealed that European emigrant pigs became prominent during the Iron Age, circa 900 BCE, eventually overtaking the entire pig population in what is known as Israel today. This differs from boar in nearby countries, which are all Middle Eastern.
Tel Aviv University Professor Israel Finkelstein, one of the lead researchers, speculated that tensions between the ancient Israelites and the Philistines, depicted in biblical stories such as David versus Goliath, may have led the Israelites to reject pork consumption in an “us versus them” mentality.
“They eat pork, and we don’t,” Finkelstein told the New York Times.
Appearing at the beginning of the Iron Age and settling near modern day Gaza, the origins of the Philistines has long been a mystery. There is limited evidence to suggest they are a non-Semitic people, perhaps originating near Greece or Asia Minor.
Researchers also believe that further European intervention in the region, such as with the Romans or Crusaders, could have contributed to the further the “Europeanization” of Israel’s pigs.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry is telling its citizens not to travel to Nepal and telling those already there to think twice about extending their stays there due to rising hazards.
The oldest copy of the Ten Commandments in the world is on display at Israel’s national museum.
The Israeli-Arab dentist personally and systematically transferred Hamas’s terror money on a daily basis…
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert brought to court Tuesday morning a letter from former “peace process” broker Tony Blair in an effort to stay out of jail for his conviction of pocketing approximately $150,000 from Morris Talansky of New York. The prosecution asked the court to jail Olmert for more up to 18 months. The […]
“We tell America that what is coming is more bitter and harder.”
The Islamic University does not want to blow its cover and lose foreign aid.
The war on terror is being carried out by Israel and not the Palestinian Authority.
Police have arrested a 16-year-old resident of Bat Ayin in Gush Etzion Tuesday on suspicion of having vandalized Arab olive trees and throwing rocks at Arabs. The teenager, who learns in Yitzhar in Samaria, is scheduled to appear in court today.
Yehuda Glick finally can return to the holy site, but only once a month.
“It is indisputable that the dominant factor behind Aliyah to Israel from Western Europe is anti-Semitism.”
The test was planned, but the Defense Ministry is mum on details.
Netanyahu is short-changing Bayit Yehudi. But is Bayit Yehudi tough enough to take advantage of Liberman’s sudden exit?
NYPD Officer Brian Moore, 25, has died after being shot in the face Saturday by an ex-con in Queens.
Shas got a good deal. What Bayit Yehudi does with their offer remains to be seen.
The NGO Monitor reports foreign funders are making grants to leftist Israeli organizations contingent upon quotas for negative testimony by IDF soldiers.
The Indiana General Assembly has become the second-ever state legislature to pass a resolution that formally opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Tennessee lawmakers approved a similar measure on April 21. Adopted in a voice vote, the Indiana Senate approved Resolution 74, which “expresses opposition to the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel” BDS […]
Israel ranks as the third-largest provider of U.S. television content after the U.K. and the Netherlands, Forbes reported. Three Israeli companies—Armoza Formats, Keshet Media Group, and Dori Media—have sold the concepts of more than 100 shows to many countries around the world including France, Brazil, Indonesia, and the United States. Noa Tishby, a well-known Israeli-American […]
PA Chairman Abbas congratulated the Arab party on its success in the March 17 Israeli elections.
Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator, had contacted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to complain about the project.
Additionally, the report recommends new restrictions against “known violent settlers.”
Israel was the sixth-highest source for tourists to Germany in 2014.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/researchers-israels-wild-pigs-came-from-europe/2013/11/05/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: