Holland Bans Shechitah - Jews Unconcerned

The government of Holland has banned kosher slaughter, becoming the sixth European country to do so. M.E., a religious Jew from Holland, does not appear worried: \"The main concern is whether there is kosher meat in the store or not... Of course the principle of the matter worries me. But I have heard on the inside that it was not done as a matter of policy, but rather just a few individuals w

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The government of Holland has banned kosher slaughter, becoming the sixth European country to do so. The local Agriculture Ministry informed Jewish community leaders there that they would no longer be permitted to slaughter cows in a kosher manner [shechitah] because of its \"cruelty\" to the animals. Deputy Foreign Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior, the former Chief Rabbi of Norway, says he is not convinced that concern for the animals is the real motivation behind the new regulation: \"They simply don\'t want foreigners and they don\'t want Jews. I won\'t say that this is the only motivation, but it\'s certainly no coincidence that one of the first things Nazi Germany forbade was kosher slaughter. I also know that during the original debate on this issue in Norway, where shechitah has been banned since 1930, one of the parliamentarians said straight out, \'if they don\'t like it, let them go live somewhere else.\'\"

Melchior also says the cruelty accusations against shechitah are simply untrue: \"The Torah forbids cruelty to animals, and the shechitah process ensures that the animal loses consciousness immediately. We have been dealing with this issue for many years, and there are many scientific studies that back us up.\"

M.E., a religious Jew from Holland, does not appear worried: \"The main concern is whether there is kosher meat in the store or not... Of course the principle of the matter worries me. But I have heard on the inside that it was not done as a matter of policy, but rather just a few individuals who were able to convince the government to make this decision...\"

Rabbi Melchior plans to organize a Foreign Ministry campaign to respond to the European lies being disseminated about the so-called cruelty involved in shechitah. He will also have to respond to such accusations here at home; MK Avraham Poraz of the anti-religious Shinui party has congratulated Holland on its decision, saying that shechitah is cruel. Melchior said, \"It is certainly infuriating to see a respected Knesset Member plays into the hands of Jewish enemies and thus cause harm to the Jewish community in Europe. The lie that ritual slaughter is cruel simply shows a hatred for Jewish life.\"


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