|"You Don't Have to be Jewish..."
Contrary to the anti-Semitic charge that kosher labeling is a tightly guarded
"Jewish secret" kept from Christians and others, it is not only Jews who prefer
to purchase kosher food. According to the Washington Post (Sept. 27, 1990), "Some
kosher marketing officials estimate there may be as many as six million Americans who seek
out Kosher foods in the supermarket. Of these only 1.5 million are Jewish. Moslems and
Seventh Day Adventists also adhere to certain aspects of the Jewish dietary laws, but the
bulk of Kosher shoppers appear to be consumers who believe the Kosher certification. .
.means higher quality food."
Yet whether or not they choose to purchase kosher food products, most Americans will
reject the bigotry inherent in the "Kosher Tax" propaganda, recognizing it as
another effort by extremists to exploit legitimate public concerns (e.g., taxes, the
economy, etc.) as vehicles for anti-Semitism.