'A sad day for Jews in Europe and for religious freedom'

Belgian ban on kosher slaughter goes into effect on January 1st, forcing local Jewish community to seek new source of meat.David Rosenberg, 12/31/2018, 9:16 AM

Report: Poland to vote on restricting kosher meat exports

Limitations on 'unnatural slaughter' may make it 'very difficult' to perform kosher slaughter, European Jewish group says.JTA, 2/12/2018, 10:29 AM

'Ban on kosher meat forces choice between Belgium and religion'

French-speaking Belgian Jews sue to overturn ban on ritual slaughter.JTA, 11/29/2017, 1:41 PM

Rabbi to EU official: We ask you to fight for religious freedom

Brussels rabbi implores EU official to defend ritual slaughter in Belgium.JTA, 5/10/2017, 7:05 AM

'Banning kosher slaughter attacks our status as equal citizens'

European Jewish Congress slams decision by Belgian lawmakers to effectively ban kosher slaughter of meat.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/7/2017, 7:04 AM

Belgian region outlaws kosher slaughter

Wallonia government outlaws kosher slaughter, Jewish world expresses outrage.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/6/2017, 11:15 PM

Belgian Jewish leader tells government: Don't repeat Nazi acts

Head of Belgian Jewish organization reacts to proposed ban on ritual slaughter. 'Nazis banned it because they knew its importance.'JTA, 4/20/2017, 10:13 PM

Belgian court rules shechita bans unconstitutional

Kosher meat production to enjoy constitutional protection from legislative bans.Yoni Kempinski, 6/29/2016, 11:00 PM

French Jews, Muslims unite to defend shechitah

No future for French Jewry without shechitah, Jewish leader warns.JTA, 6/28/2016, 7:39 PM

Belgian Minister: Time to ban ritual slaughter

Belgian cabinet minister calls for ban on Shechita in the country.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/19/2016, 9:55 PM

Belgium Won't Ban Kosher Slaughter

Belgium’s Minister for Animal Welfare advises a European Jewish group that kosher slaughter will not be banned in the country.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/25/2014, 3:46 AM

'Open' Season

What prompts this particular article, says the writer, is not the philosophy of Open Orthodoxy. "What compels me to react is that Open Orthodoxy crossed every line, to the point that they may be endangering the well-being of the Jewish community". Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, 6/16/2014, 12:00 AM

UK: Muslims, Jews Fight Proposed Kosher, Halal Ban

Muslim and Jewish communities in Britain unite to fend off allegations that ritual slaughter equates 'animal cruelty.'Tova Dvorin, 3/9/2014, 11:33 AM

Deputy British PM Opposes Kosher Slaughter Ban

"No government of which I’m part" will ban shechita, says Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.Elad Benari, 3/9/2014, 5:10 AM

Britain's Top Vet Calls For Shechita Ban

Britain may join Poland and Denmark in banning ritual slaughter for 'cruelty,' announces veterinary association president.Ari Yashar, 3/6/2014, 8:31 PM

"Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark"

Shakespeare's words in Hamlet ring true as Denmark bans kosher slaughter, but condoned butchering Jews. Behind the humanitarian mask, there is nothing. Giulio Meotti, 2/19/2014, 9:57 PM

EC President to Protect Jews' Rights

Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission (EC), meets European rabbis in wake of latest anti-Semitism.Elad Benari, 2/19/2014, 2:42 AM

Rabbi: Kosher Slaughter Ban Not Anti-Semitic

Copenhagen rabbi: ban on kosher slaughter is problematic, but false accusations of anti-Semitism won’t help.Maayana Miskin, 2/16/2014, 12:42 PM

MK: Kosher Slaughter Ban 'The Height of Hypocrisy'

Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked attacks Denmark over kosher slaughter ban, notes Danes vetoed Israeli fur ban a few years ago.Tova Dvorin, 2/14/2014, 11:04 AM

Rabbi Lau: We'll Act to Reverse Danish Ban

Israeli officials react to Denmark’s decision to ban kosher slaughter as of next week. Bennett: "We stand behind the Jewish community."Elad Benari, 2/14/2014, 1:13 AM

Joining Bandwagon, Denmark Bans Kosher Slaughter

Denmark has joined the growing list of European countries to ban kosher slaughter. The ban is to take effect next week.David Lev, 2/13/2014, 9:54 PM

Polish Official Calls to End Kosher Slaughter Ban

Poland's human rights ombudsman says Warsaw should advance legislation to legalize kosher slaughter, as a matter of human rights.David Lev, 2/6/2014, 1:16 PM

Jews and Muslims Have Joint Beef With Polish Ban

Jews and Muslims cooperate in bringing official complaint to EU against Polish ban on ritual slaughter (shechita).Ari Yashar, 11/28/2013, 4:55 PM

Polish President: Hope to Resolve Shechita Issue

President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, says his government was very concerned over the ban on kosher slaughter in his country.David Lev, 11/4/2013, 6:30 PM

Poland's Top Court to Rule on Kosher Slaughter Ban

Poland's top court will consider whether Jews and Muslims can perform kosher and halal slaughter despite a recent ban.Elad Benari, 9/4/2013, 4:44 AM

Pope to 'Investigate' Polish Slaughter Ban

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into a Polish ban on the ritual kosher slaughter of animals, says WJC head Ron Lauder.Elad Benari, 9/3/2013, 2:13 AM

Polish Minister: Court Needs to Rule on Slaughter

Poland's top court will have to rule whether kosher slaughter can be performed, says Polish Minister Michal Boni.Elad Benari, 7/23/2013, 4:15 AM

Polish Minister Promises to Fight Slaughter Ban

The Polish Minister in charge of a committee on solving the kosher slaughter ban says he's prepared to go to the Constitutional Court.Elad Benari, 7/22/2013, 6:15 AM

Polish PM to Form Committee to Discuss Slaughter

Polish Prime Minister gives his consent to the establishment of a committee that will find a solution to allow kosher slaughtering.Elad Benari, 7/19/2013, 4:42 AM

Europe's Jews Call for Unity Over Shechita Ban

European Jewish Association calls for united efforts towards reversing the Polish parliament's decision to ban kosher slaughter.Elad Benari, 7/16/2013, 4:44 AM

Israel Summons Polish Ambassador On Shechitah Ban

Poland's ambassador was summoned to Jerusalem to register a formal protest against that nation’s ban against ritual slaughter (shechitah).Chana Ya'ar, 7/15/2013, 5:45 PM

Knesset Speaker Tells Poland: Rethink Shechita Ban

MK Edelstein: Poland has moral duty to change 'unacceptable decision' on kosher slaughterGil Ronen, 7/14/2013, 8:11 PM

Poland Strikes Down Kosher Slaughter Bill

Poland's parliament rejects the ritual slaughter of livestock for food, angering the Jewish community as well as farmers and exporters.Elad Benari, Canada, 7/13/2013, 1:35 AM

Fois Gras Law ‘a Double-Edged Sword,’ Rabbi Warns

MK’s bill on banning delicacy could be used to support European ban on kosher slaughter, French Jewish leader says.Maayana Miskin, 6/18/2013, 10:24 AM

Chief Rabbi Blasts Geert Wilder in Sharp Letter

Can it be that Geert Wilder likes Israel but not Judaism or Jews? His party is trying to make their living in Holland impossible.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/29/2012, 6:59 PM

EJC: Condemn Cologne Ruling Against Circumcision

The European Jewish Congress has called on the German government to stand against a regional court decision to criminalize circumcision.Hana Levi Julian, 7/1/2012, 4:16 PM

Deal to Ensure Legal Shechita in Holland Signed

An agreement has been signed that will ensure that shechita remains legal in HollandDavid Lev, 6/7/2012, 10:11 AM