“The freedom to practice your religion, without anxiety or prejudice, is one of the fundamental tenets of our society and as Prime Minister I will defend your rights to practice your faith without fear,’’ said British Prime Minister Theresa May in her wishes to the British and international Jewish community for Pesach.
Despite assurances given by the Romanian Minister of Education to a Jewish association regarding the right of Jewish students to practice their religion during their studies, a Jewish university student in Timisoara complained that his request for vacation during the Passover holiday has been rejected.
Belgium’s Jewish community protests plans by the country’s regional government to ban in 2019 ritual slaughter of animals without prior stunning, a measure that would mean that kosher meat would in future have to be imported.
Crif, the umbrella representative group of French Jewish institutions, said it is in contact with police and Paris prosecutor to shed light on the death of a 66-year old French Jewish woman who was thrown off her Paris apartment balcony by an Arab neighbor.
The head of the Brussels-based European Jewish Association (EJA), Rabbi Menachem Margolin, branded as ‘’dubious, unsetting, and running counter to evidence’’ decision by the Flemish Parliament to effectively ban Kosher meat slaughter in Belgium by January 2019.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has called on the city’s police to prohibit a pro-Palestinian demonstration organised by extreme leftists groups Saturday afternoon in the center of Paris, after Jewish groups demanded a ban of the rally.
As Belgian royals, families of victims marked Wednesday the first anniversary of the Brussels terror attacks which killed 32 people and wounded hundreds at the airoport and at a metro station, a remembrance event was held at the European Jewish Building in the heart of the EU institutions.
Today’s attack, which targeted the very heart of our democracy in Westminster, will serve only to unite us against the scourge of violence and terrorism,’’ declared Britain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.