Jewish Group Urges Norway to Rescind Longstanding Shechita Ban
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish human rights NGO that fights anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, named for the famed Nazi hunger - , is calling on the government of Norway to go on record and say that the 1929 anti-Semitic law banning kosher ritual slaughter, or shechita, will be immediately rescinded.
In a meeting with Norway's Ambassador to Israel, Svein Sevje, at the Norwegian Embassy, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean of the Center, and Mark Weitzman, the Center's Director of Government Affairs, called on the Norwegian government to lead a Parliamentary coalition to overturn the law, which was passed during the rise of Nazism in Europe.
Center officials charged, "This law is a stain on Norway. During the Parliamentary debate preceding the 1929 vote, Jens Hunseid, a future Norwegian Prime Minister, said, "We have no obligation to deliver our domestic animals to the cruelties of the Jews, we have not invited the Jews to this country, and we have no obligation to provide the Jews animals to their religious orgies."
"Only the removal of this anti-Semitic law would restore to Norway's Jews their full rights as citizens," Center officials added. "It would also help world Jewry in its struggle against renewed efforts to ban core Jewish practices of shechita (kosher slaughter) and brit mila (circumcision) in other European countries," they concluded.