Israeli officials have joined the world Jewry in blasting Denmark’s decision to ban kosher slaughter in the country. Israel’s chief rabbi, the minister of religious services and his deputy expressed their anger over the ruling that kosher slaughter causes animal suffering, and demanded clarifications from the Danish government.
“Kosher slaughter is the most humane of all existing methods and prevents animal suffering,” said Chief Rabbi David Lau. “I will speak to Denmark’s ambassador to Israel and government officials in Denmark, and if this serious decision has indeed been made – we will demand its cancellation. This is a serious and severe blow to the Jewish faith and to the Jews of Denmark.”
Minister of Religious Services and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett spoke Thursday to prominent European Jewish officials, including President of the Conference of European Rabbis Pinchas Goldschmidt, Denmark’s Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner and Chabad’s emissary to Denmark, Rabbi Yitzchok Lowenthal.
“We will stand by the Jewish community and look into ways to help them as soon as possible,” he said. “This decision benefits neither the animals nor Jewish tradition nor human rights.”
Minister Bennett offered Denmark’s Jewish community any help possible and instructed his ministry workers to monitor the issue and come up with solutions.
Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan responded to the Danish decision with harsh words.
“European anti-Semitism is showing its true colors across Europe, and is even intensifying in the government institutions,” he declared. “I urge the Danish ambassador to prevent the implementation of the decision to ban kosher slaughter. Minister Lieberman must summon him for a clarification.”
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