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15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
Delhi/Bombay/Madras/Calcutta, India


ISRAEL

Mr. Pinehas Nasich of Rishon Le Zion writes:

Here in Israel slowly but surely the vegetarian way of life is taking deep roots. The Israelis want to be healthy and nearly everyone reads much about how to keep fit. Also our Naturopathic doctors have great success in healing benign tumours, kidney stones, etc. and they are best propagandists for Vegetarianism. Fortunately since our climate is subtropical people naturally crave fruits and vegetables, rather than meat, especially as the latter is nearly all imported and there is a certain amount of repugnance towards meat that has stood so long after killing.

The excavations and the the discovery near the Dead Sea of the so-called Scrolls of the Essenes have renewed interest in the history and life of this Sect, our ancestors, who were vegetarians two thousand years ago.

We are very friendly with Burma and also, the influence of the ahimsic culture of India is felt here. As these countries have a culture of compassion towards all sentient beings, the cultural exchange between Burma and India and Israel has a beneficial influence on the life of the Israelis.