“The Polish government is determined to find a solution that would allow Jewish
ritual slaughter to continue in the country,” Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski
told a delegation of European rabbis A ban on such slaughter went into effect in
“The Polish government will operate on all levels to reach this
solution as quickly as possible,” he continued, addressing a delegation from the
Rabbinical Centre of Europe on Tuesday.
Among those in attendance were
Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, chief rabbi of the Interprovincial Chief Rabbinate in the
Netherlands, Rabbi Yisroel Yaakov Lichtenstein, head of the UK’s Federation of
Synagogues Beit Din, and Rabbi Menachem Margolin, general director of the
European Jewish Association.
The EJA has come into conflict with Polish
Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, calling on him to resign his position over his
failure to lobby successfully to prevent the ban from coming into
Both Schudrich and the local Jewish community, and Margolin, have
retained lawyers and plan to turning to Poland’s Constitutional Court to have
the ban overturned.
Roman Giertych, a former far-right politician whose
faction, the League of Polish Families, has been called anti-Semitic by critics,
is representing the EJA, whose suit is seen by some as challenging the right of
the local community to lead the fight for shechita.
The Union of Jewish
Religious Communities in Poland recently said that while Polish Jews believe the
EJA has “every right to protest,” it is “unacceptable that any legal or
political initiatives from abroad are launched without coordination, or at least
consultation, with us.”
According to the Rabbinical Centre of Europe,
Sikorski “intends to submit a request to the court to judge the petition lodged
by the European Jewish Association and receive a ruling on the issue as soon as
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