A ban which Belgium’s government had enacted on prohibiting the halal and kosher slaughter has been upheld by the European Court of Justice, despite objections brought to them by religious groups. The Flemish court’s decision was upheld by the highest court in the European Union, which will require animals to be stunned before they can be slaughtered.
The Conference of European Rabbis’ Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt has said, “This decision goes even further than expected and flies in the face of recent statements from the European institutions that Jewish life is to be treasured and respected.” Read more about the ban here.
Antisemitism is not new to Belgium. To read more about Belgium’s antisemitic actions and Jew in the City’s response, click here.