Jewish Ritual Slaughter in Question in France

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to uphold the Jewish right of ‘shechita,’ Jewish ritual slaughter, in Europe and to oppose a regulation that would introduce a system of classification that, Rabbis say, “would lead to stigmatization,” the European Jewish Press reported.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon sparked a controversy this month when he said that Jewish and Muslim “ancestral traditions” of ritual slaughter were “outdated and unjustified.”

He later explained his comment to Jewish leaders, stating that he had no intention of questioning the Jewish biblical commandment.

CER President Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt sent a letter to Sarkozy saying that European Jewish rabbis remain concerned that the Jewish right of ritual slaughter in Europe may be in jeopardy.


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