We know that there is discrimination in this world. But this story…this is a story that will shock us all.
As we read, we will learn about how deep into the sea of discrimination men can dive, as they fish around for justification, just for the halibut, only to realize that it’s all a bunch of carp.
Yes, there’s a “Fish War” on in Israel, as gefilte fish importers cry foul at local producers not being subjected to gefilte fish standards as strict as is required for locally produced fish, Ynet reports.
Gefilte fish is a traditional Jewish dish of poached stuffed fish that can be served either warm or cold. As it turns out, gefilte fish is subjected to specific regulations. According to the relevant standard (number 841for those who care) for preserving fish, applicable to carp preserved in gefilte fish sauce, each piece is supposed to be made of carp alone.
But importers claim that in reality, the standard is not being applied to local producers and is only being enforced against them. â€œIt turns out that the stuffed fish pieces suffer from serious discrimination in Israel,â€ a statement by the importers said.
Gideon Regev, who heads the food department in the Chamber of Commerce, said â€œthe Israeli gefilte fish is made of mixture of fish, but local producers are not subject to any enforcement mechanism.â€ Regev says the Standards Institute does not allow fish ball importers to refer to the product as gefilte fish unless it’s made of carp only. â€œThere is no justification for this or a traditional reason stemming from unique recipes,â€ he said. â€œThe product meets all regulations and is imported with a Health Ministry permit. There is no reason not to call the product by its real name.â€
The Israel Standards Institute, meanwhile, said the Health Ministry was in charge of the matter.
In summary, everyone’s blaming each other, and who suffers? The poor little fishies. What would Jesus do? Did he say, I’m all up for a miracle regarding fishes, but not you, fish balls? Did Dr. Seuss write a book called “One Fish, Two Fish, Not Fish, You Fish?”
So let’s all band together, as a nation, and carpe eat’em, displaying our openness to being omnipiscean as we welcome gefilte fish, in all its forms, to Ashkenazi kiddush tables everywhere.
(And for those of you who are completely and utterly opposed to gefilte fish in general for Sephardic heritage or other reasons, at least support the fishes’ right to equal treatment. As for the gelatinous substance they’re bottled in that has a longer shelf life than that of a case of Twinkies? No worries…you can discriminate against that stuff all you like.)