Poland considers preserving the religious rights of the country’s Jewish
community to be a national interest of supreme importance, Polish President
Bronislaw Komorowski said last week.
Meeting with several leading
European rabbis and leaders of the local Jewish community, Komorowski said that
he “will take significant steps to advance the issue of approval of kosher
slaughter,” which has been banned in his country since January.
has deeply affecting the local cattle industry, which was previously one of the
leading European exporters of kosher and hallal meat.
In July, a
government-sponsored bill aimed at legalizing the practice of shechita, or ritual
slaughter, was shot down in parliament in a vote of 222 to 178.
then, the Polish Jewish community has vowed to take the issue to Poland’s
Constitutional Court, with Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich telling the president
he expects to submit a petition within 10 days.
In the meantime, he said,
there is “no shortage of kosher meat” for the upcoming High Holy
Schudrich had previously told The Jerusalem Post that local Jews
were continuing to slaughter animals according to Jewish ritual for their own
“Following the Polish parliament’s decision not to approve
measures to protect shechita, a huge amount of activity has been going on
throughout the summer, led by the CER [Conference of European Rabbis] in
consultation with the Polish community, the European Jewish Congress, Shechita
UK and others,” the CER’s Moshe Friedman told the Post.
Among those who
have come out in support of overturning the slaughter ban have been Józef
Kowalczyk, archbishop of Gniezno and primate of Poland, and Apostolic Nuncio
Celelestino Migliore, Friedman said.