|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
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.