Hungary says EU ruling against kosher killings a ‘disgrace’

Hungary’s deputy prime minister on Thursday unveiled a ruling by the European Union’s highest court for banning kosher killings as a “disgrace,” establishing the first international public class over the landmark closure.

“Yesterday’s ruling by the European Court of Justice upholding a ban on the killing of a kosher ritual in Belgium is a disgrace to the religious freedom and security of the European Jewish community and remains another sign of which collapsed our traditional Judeo-Christian value system. , ”Said Zsolt Semjén, leader of the right-wing Christian Democratic Party, a coalition partner of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz ruling party.

In its decision on a petition by several Jewish and Muslim groups, the court said that two Belgian governments had not violated EU civil rights provisions with their 2019 bans on meat production from animals that were not surprised before the killing. Lack of elegance is a prerequisite of the process for sensible people and Muslims.

The Hungarian right-wing government, which critics say has encouraged antisemitism, frequently fights EU institutions on a number of issues, including illegal immigration into the block by asylum seekers and others.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, chairman of the Brussels-based European Jewish Association, welcomed Semjen’s intervention, saying “Hungary has consistently shown action to conform to its words.”

The ban had “severely affected the Belgian Jewish community, creating food shortages – exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Rabbi Shlomo Koves, director of the EMIH federation of Jewish communities in Hungary. An EMIH abattoir in Hungary has reduced the shortage in Belgium.

Jewish community leaders and groups have strongly opposed the ban. European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor has called it “attractive” and said it says “our customs are no longer welcome,” so it is “a short step from being saying we are no longer welcome. “

In Western Europe, Liberals and right-wing nationalists have united over the past few years to oppose the ritual killing of animals and the circulation of boys. Liberal circles cite concerns about animal and child welfare, while nationalists see foreign import practices that need to be limited to the perceived impact of millions of Muslims on the Department Europe in recent years has declined.

It has strict laws to slaughter animals as quickly and painlessly as possible, requiring trained professional slaughter and very sharp and large knives, among other requirements. Advocates of the practice reject claims that it is harder than other means.

The ruling by the EU court, based in Luxembourg, appears to encourage other European courts to impose a ban, warned Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs.

The Dutch parliament banned ritual killing in 2011, but the Dutch assembly reversed the ban the following year, citing the need to observe freedom of worship for minorities. If the ban is reintroduced in the Netherlands, “Orthodox visit will leave,” Jacobs said in a statement.