The Sejm, the Polish Parliament, recently voted to make the kosher preparation of meat, the backbone of Jewish dietary laws, ILLEGAL. This means that Poland has become the first country in Europe since the end of World War II to ban shechita – kosher slaughter.
In effect Polish Jews have been told to quit the country or stop being Jewish if they want to stay in Poland.
Prior to WWII Poland was home to the largest Jewish population in Europe. Of course the Nazi Holocaust changed that for ever, but in July 1946 ethnic Poles murdered Jews in a pogrom in Kielce. Today no more than a few thousand are left.
We’ve been here before and what comes next is more attempts to wipe out Jewish culture, to make it impossible for Jews to live peacefully with, contributing to and adding to the other local cultures & traditions.
As with ALL religious groups provided they are not in some way harming others then they must be protected, safety and rights of religious practice guaranteed. Any movement that begins with the outlawing of shechita is virtually guaranteed to adversely affect not only the Jews of Poland but, eventually, Jewish communities everywhere.
I strongly recommend that you (of any faith or none) stand with WJC and sign the International Letter of Outrage.
Go to: http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/shechita-campaign/take-action?utm_source=WJC+Shechita+Petition&utm_campaign=92a098aef3-schecita_campaign_email_test7_25_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_504680ba00-92a098aef3-318845805