European Jewish Congress condemns decision as ‘the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation of the country in World War II’
One of Belgium’s largest regions has banned halal and kosher slaughter – in a move which has been likened to the country’s Nazi occupation.
The environment committee of the Walloon Parliament passed the bill unanimously.
The bill bans both halal slaughter and Jewish shechita slaughter – where conscious animals have their throats slit.
But the ban – which will be rolled out on September 1, 2019 – has been criticised by religious organisations.
The European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said, ‘It attacks the very core of our culture and religious practice and our status as equal citizens with equal rights in a democratic society.
‘We call on legislators to step back from the brink of the greatest assault on Jewish religious rights in Belgium since the Nazi occupation of the country in World War Two.