Statement: EU Court Decision to Uphold Ban on Kosher Slaughter

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The Jewish Federation of Cleveland strongly condemns the recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union to uphold a Belgian ban on ritual and kosher slaughter, enabling anti-Jewish laws to be enacted throughout Europe. This decision, which comes at a time when Jews in Europe are already facing increased antisemitism, will significantly impact the future of Jewish life in Europe. While the ruling was meant to advance animal rights, it infringes upon the religious freedoms of both Jews and Muslims in Europe. 75 years after Jewish life all but vanished from Europe, the Court has again put Jewish life in Europe in jeopardy. We sincerely hope that legal challenges to this heinous verdict are swift and successful.

We will continue to monitor the situation and share any opportunities for individuals to take action in the near future.

J. David Heller
Board Chair

Gregg A. Levine
Community Relations Committee Chair

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