Moves to ban shechita in Belgium by the country’s regional parliaments have caused outrage in the Jewish community with the head of Belgium’s Consistoire describing the threat as “an unprecedented crisis, even the most serious since the Second World War.”
During an interview published last week in La Libre Belgique, both Consistoire President Philippe Marciewicz and Brussels Chief Rabbi Albert Guigui noted that the Nazi occupiers had banned shechita even prior to enacting other anti-Jewish measures.
Marciewicz was particularly incensed by comments made by the Minister-President of the Flanders region, Geert Bourgeois of the Flemish nationalist N-VA party, linking the ban to a desire to improve policies regarding the integration of immigrants.
“Are Jews recent immigrants in Belgium?”, Markiewicz asked. “The Consistoire was created by Napoleon 210 years ago.”Thursday, April 06, 2017