Belgium

Belgian Jews regret decision of Flanders parliament to outlaw Shechita

The umbrella organisation of Belgian Jews has regretted the decision of the Parliament in the northern region of Flanders to outlaw the slaughter of non-stunned animals, thereby joining the southern parliament in the Wallonie region in effectively banning Shechita. In a statement on Wednesday, the Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organisations, the country’s EJC affiliate, said that while...

Belgian region votes to ban Shechita

The Walloon Parliament in southern Belgium voted unanimously to ban the slaughter of unstunned animals, a requirement for both kosher and halal religious slaughter. Only two Labour Party lawmakers in the 75-member plenum in Belgium’s largest region abstained in the vote on Wednesday, La Libre Belgique reported. Earlier this month, the environment committee of the Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the...

Focus on Belgium at Israeli Ceremony for Jewish victims of terror

On the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, that took place in Jerusalem on Monday, dedicated to Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror, the Jewish Agency expanded its service to include Jews killed in antisemitic attacks around the world. Every year the ceremony focuses on a different country and this year that country was Belgium. Ambassador of Belgium to Israel...

Belgian MP questions nationality of Jewish leader

A centre-right MP in Belgium told the head of the country’s Consistoire, the institution providing religious services to Belgian Jews, that he had come back from « chez lui », a French term meaning from one’s own abode, following a trip to Israel. Véronique Waroux, an MP from the centre-right Christian Democrat and Humanist Party (CdH) in the Wallonie regional...

Belgian Jews and Muslims celebrate Mimouna together

Belgium’s Morrocan Jews celebrated Mimouna with local Muslims in Brussels on Tuesday, in the traditional festival to mark the end of Pesach. Moroccan Jews and Muslims gathered in a large hall for the event recalling how the festival was celebrated in the old country where it marked the close relations between the two communities. Maurice Tal, president of the...

Belgian Jewish leader urges legislators to reject shechita ban

Amid discussions on limiting religious slaughter of animals in Belgium, a leader of the country’s Jewish community pleaded with lawmakers not to “repeat the Nazis’ acts.” The statement on Thursday by Philippe Markiewicz, president of the Consistoire organisation of Belgian Jewry that is responsible for providing religious services, was unusual because Jewish community officials rarely draw comparisons between present-day issues...