June 13, 2002
Careful With That Pizza!
Mushrooms, peppers and extra cheese, please -- but hold the explosives. Concerns about booby-trapped pizzas have led the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to impose restrictions on the use of a Web site that allows users to spice up the Israeli army service by sending pies to soldiers. More than 5,000 pizzas have been sent to members of the IDF since the service began operating about a month ago, says Shimon Aharon, a British-born Israeli and one of the co-founders of the site, www.pizzaidf.org. However, after news organizations reported on the site, the army began to worry that Palestinian terrorists would take advantage of the deliveries to send "pizzas" with more than just explosive taste.
IDF officials recently instructed soldiers not to accept any pizzas they had not ordered themselves.
The army said in a statement that the directive was issued "due to concern that hostile elements would make use of the pizza deliveries."