What's at stake in the battle for kosher beef

By Simon Rocker, May 8, 2015

It was like Chicago gang warfare during the prohibition, said the JC beneath the front-page headline "Knives out as kosher meat war hots up". When rival shochetim squared up to each other in the abattoir in 1986, it showed just how fractious disputes in the shechita trade can get.


SNP pledges to protect shechita in Scotland

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

The Scottish National Party has pledged to protect kosher slaughter if it forms part of the British government after May 7.

Shechita is overseen in Scotland by the Rabbinical Commission for Licensing of Shochtim, under the auspices of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.


We’ll tighten up regulations on religious slaughter, promises Ukip

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

Ukip has backed the continuation of religious slaughter in Britain after months of confusion over the party’s stance on the issue.

Its general election manifesto, launched by Nigel Farage in Essex on Wednesday morning, makes clear that kosher meat production would not be banned by the party.


Tories’ manifesto pledge to protect shechita

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Conservative Party has pledged to protect religious slaughter if it is returned to government in next month’s general election.

The party’s manifesto highlights the issue of shechita and halal food production following increased speculation about the future of the practices in Britain.


Greens want to end EU trade deal with Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Green Party would suspend the European Union’s trade agreement with Israel, according to the party’s election manifesto.

Launched in London on Tuesday morning by Green leader Natalie Bennett, the policy document highlights the approach that would be taken to the Middle East.


UKIP candidate for Hendon 'fearful' of British Muslims

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2015

Ukip’s new parliamentary candidate for Hendon has denied he is Islamophobic, despite saying he is “fearful” of Britain’s Muslim community.

Raymond Shamash was announced as the party’s candidate for the north-west London constituency on Monday.

His appointment came following Jeremy Zeid’s resignation after he called on the Israeli government to kidnap Barack Obama.


Talks over meat row continue

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

Negotiations between the London Board for Shechita and the Federation of Synagogues are continuing in an effort to avert a deepening rift over the supply of kosher meat to London.

The Federation has rejected claims that the launch of its new meat range two weeks ago is in conflict with its membership of the LBS.

After a three-hour meeting last Friday, the two organisations issued a joint sta


Federation denies it is placing shechita at risk

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

Federation of Synagogues president Andrew Cohen rebutted claims this week that its new shechita operation could put the future of British kosher beef at risk.


Opponents agree over shechita

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip voiced their opposition to a boycott of Israel and a ban on shechita at a Board of Deputies hustings.

Conservative cabinet minister Sajid Javid joined figures from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party in telling the audience of 100 deputies that the government must maintain the rights of the Jewish community.


Farage: ban isn't our policy

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has again attempted to distance himself from his party officials' plans to ban shechita.

Speaking on the BBC's Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage said he had never wavered in his support for religious slaughter.

Last month Ukip's national executive committee (NEC) adopted a policy which would ban non-stun slaughter.

Mr Farage said: "I never U-turned.