Senate support falls for Dutch kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

The proposed ban on kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands looks increasingly unlikely to pass at a vote next week.

The ban, which was backed by the Dutch Parliament in June, requires a yes vote from a majority in the Dutch Senate. But there are already hints that members of the Dutch Labour party, who make up the second largest party in the Senate, will not support it.


US politicians urge Dutch to block 'unfair' kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

A group of leading US congressmen and women from both the Republican and Democratic parties have launched an appeal to the Dutch Senate to block legislation that would ban kosher slaughter of animals.


Rabbis in Poland to discuss Dutch kosher meat ban

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

Several hundred rabbis are in Poland this week for a conference to discuss issues including the Dutch ban on kosher slaughter of animals.

It is the largest gathering of its type since Poland's Jewish community was decimated by the Nazis.


Shechitah: EU reprieve

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The threat to shechitah in the EU abated this week after MEPs approved food labelling policies without demanding the compulsory identification of meat produced by ritual slaughter.

MEPs also suggested a future study on "the stunning of animals" to help frame animal welfare policy.

The wording may be significant in that it suggests a focus on stunning methods as a whole rather than, as previo


Forces of darkness

July 1, 2011

It is tempting to think that the Dutch shechitah ban is, as Lord Sacks put it, "a dark day in Dutch history" but of no real concern to us. We are, after all, a very different society from the Netherlands. But that would be a grave mistake. Because the opponents of shechitah have the wind beneath their sails and for them the Dutch ban is simply another victory.


The First Cut: kosher killing ban shocks Jews

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

The Netherlands was accused this week of following Nazi precedent by voting to outlaw the kosher slaughter of animals in a move which has shocked Jewish communities across Europe.

By 116 votes to 30, the Dutch Parliament called for a ban on religious slaughter without pre-stunning - which effectively prohibits shechitah as well as the production of halal meat for some of Holland's Muslims.



Dutch vote to ban kosher slaughter

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2011

The Dutch parliament has voted to approve a ban on kosher and halal slaughter, after intense lobbying by animal rights groups.


Brit critic is ejected from Board position

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

An Oxford student has been removed from her position on the Board of Deputies after she wrote an article calling for a ban on circumcision.

New West End Synagogue, a United Synagogue congregation, revoked Rebecca Steinfeld's seat at the Board as an under-35s observer after she referred to circumcision as "male genital mutilation" in an article she co-authored in the Guardian last week.

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Vote at EU is new threat to Shechitah

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2011

Shechitah defence activists stepped up lobbying this week after Euro-MPs raised a fresh threat by voting again for meat labels to state if an animal has not been stunned before slaughter.


Shechita sophistry

April 28, 2011

Despite the lobbying attempts of Shechita UK, an amendment was passed last week at the European Parliament which would, if it became law, force the labelling of meat from animals killed according to the rules of Judaism and Islam.