Orthodox allegiance is what's really at stake

By Simon Rocker, March 12, 2015

Behind the latest manoeuvrings over kosher meat lies a battle to capture the allegiance of the growing number of frum young families in north-west London.

The Federation of Synagogues, keen to throw off any lingering idea that it is a relic of the old East End, believes there is a gap in the religious market to the right of the United Synagogue and it is well-placed to fill it.


Federation says its kosher meat operation is not causing communal disunity

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2015

The Federation of Synagogues has rejected claims of causing conflict in London’s kosher meat market by launching a new range of products aimed at strictly Orthodox consumers.

Benjamin Mire, president of the London Board of Shechita, the licensing body for mainstream kosher butchers, last week spoke of his “shock” at learning of the planned Federation operation.


Claims of new kosher meat operation prompt concern over communal unity

By Simon Rocker, March 9, 2015

The Federation of Synagogues has been accused of trying to launch a separate shechita operation in conflict with the supervising body for London’s mainstream kosher meat market.

Benjamin Mire, the president of the London Board for Shechita (LBS), has written to Federation president Andrew Cohen to express concern and disappointment at what he called “shocking matters”.


Ukip 'idiots' over shechita

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2015

A Jewish Ukip candidate branded his party's National Executive Committee "idiots" after the policy on kosher slaughter was reversed for the fourth time.

Jeremy Zeid, Ukip's parliamentary candidate for Hendon, attacked the NEC after it voted 6:5 for a ban on the non-stun slaughter of animals on Monday.


Public overwhelmingly want end to religious slaughter, MP tells shechita debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on the future of shechita has seen MPs put forward robust defences of kosher and halal religious slaughtering practises.

A three-hour session in Westminster Hall heard from more than a dozen speakers from across the political spectrum.


Anti-shechita campaigners are 'obsessed', says Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2015

The British Veterinary Association is “negligent, obsessed and politically driven” in its campaign against religious slaughter, according to a group which works to protect kosher meat production.

Shechita UK said the BVA was guilty of “hypocrisy” in its efforts to highlight animal welfare.


Shechita appeal

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling for the continued protection of religious slaughter in Britain.

Manchester's Jewish Representative Council and the city's Muslim Jewish Forum created the petition this week.

The move comes ahead of a parliamentary debate due to take place on Monday at which MPs will discuss the future of non-stun slaughter.


Shechita troubles

February 11, 2015

Another week, another shechita story.

Last week it was UKIP, The Times and the BVA. Now it’s another parliamentary debate, only a few months after the last. For the moment, these are fringe activities. But there does seem to be momentum behind the campaigners’ efforts. Both main party leaders, and both main parties, are committed to protecting shechita. But politics is never set in stone.


MPs set to debate shechita

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2015

Shechita is set to come under renewed political attack at a parliamentary debate on Monday week.

It has been prompted by a petition launched by the British Veterinary Association calling for the prohibition of animal slaughter without pre-stunning – a move which would effectively end shechita.


Ukip in shechita shambles

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

UKIP's efforts to attract Jewish voters are in chaos after it first reversed its policy on religious slaughter - and then appeared to make a partial reversal of that reversal.