Statement of Agudath Israel of America on Polish Ruling Upholding Kosher Slaughter


agudath-israel-emblemAgudath Israel of America hailed the decision of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal to overrule the country’s ban on kosher slaughter with the following statement:

“We welcome the Court’s determination that such a ban constitutes an unconstitutional form of religious discrimination against Polish Jewry and a violation of the community’s basic human rights and fundamental freedoms. Its statement as to the primacy of religious liberty – even in the context of unconventional or unpopular activities – is a strong affirmation of democratic ideals in a free and tolerant society.

“The Court’s decision will do more than simply address the adverse economic effects of the ban. It will be a valuable asset in the rebuilding and revival of Polish Jewish religious life, decimated only decades ago. And, perhaps most importantly, it will serve as a rebuke to other countries that, on specious grounds, seek to prohibit this millennia-old religious practice.”

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