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The Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister on Friday blasted a European Court of Justice ruling that permits countries to effectively ban Kosher slaughter as “a disgrace”.

In a statement on Saturday night, Rabbi Menachem Margolin said: “We welcome the strong and firm words of the Hungarian government on the Court of Justice decision.

"The Hungarian government has consistently shown action to match its words and has long sustained and supported Jewish life and practice.

“The same sadly cannot be said for many countries and institutions who profess freedom of religion, and who claim to be bastions of democracy, but legislate against Jewish life, tradition and practice.

"We hope and indeed pray that some of these same countries will change and adopt a similar attitude and approach to Jews and Judaism that Hungary has shown.”