The European Union’s new strategy to fight antisemitism was published on October 6, but leaders of Jewish communities criticise the absence of reference to religious freedoms.
The APL has reported that the EU has published its strategy (“EU Strategy on Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life (2021-2030)”), a 46-page document, on October 6, to prevent and combat all forms of antisemitism, protect and foster Jewish life in the EU, and develop Holocaust education and research programs.
Nevertheless, according to Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the chairman of the European Jewish Association, the EU failed to mention recent bans in several EU countries on the slaughter of animals without prior stunning as a prerequisite for producing kosher and halal meat, as well as the attempt to ban the non-medical circumcision of boys.
“Ritual slaughter is illegal in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Slovenia. The Dutch Senate in 2012 reversed a ban passed the previous year, citing freedom of worship. Poland also outlawed the practice in 2013 but has since scaled back the ban to include only meat for export.” The entire report is available at the JPL.
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