For the purposes of customs, is beef jerky considered a raw meat product? In other words, can I bring beef jerky from the US to Israel?

  • Are you planning on taking several hundred dollars worth? – CGCampbell Nov 17 '15 at 23:17
  • @CGCampbell possibly --I want to have for my own personal use, but don't really want to just "smuggle" it in through the green line if it's not allowed.. – andrewmh20 Nov 18 '15 at 6:21
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    "Smuggle" with or without quotes is never a good idea but into Israel ? That is a spectacularly bad idea, my friend. – chx Nov 18 '15 at 6:28
  • @chx I said I *don't * want to because it's the law. (even though I suspect no one would notice anything due to the "green line") – andrewmh20 Nov 18 '15 at 6:30
  • When I entered Israel a few days ago (via TLV) they were randomly X-raying peoples bags from the "Green Line" – Doc Nov 21 '15 at 18:15

As I indicated in the other question, import of non-Kosher meat is prohibited [Israeli government website, in English]. I see no exception for quantities brought in with you. Kosher beef jerky is available in the USA, but the coals-to-Newcastle aspect is noticeable.

  • I didn't know that! I wonder which other countries use "public morals" as a reason to deny import. – Moshe Dec 18 '15 at 2:01
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    FYI the link doesn't work anymore. There is a version up on the Internet Archive, but I wouldn't know if that's up to date or not. – Maroon Jun 9 '16 at 20:07
  • Working link - The relevant law in Hebrew - prohibits the import of non-Kosher meat, with no mention of quantity. I'm sure it's not enforced on individuals with small amounts (but of course - don't blame me if I'm wrong). – ugoren Oct 14 '16 at 15:15

Food is always iffy on the border but as far as I am aware beef jerky is raw meat and you can't import raw meat into Israel without a license.

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