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February 16, 2014

Hypocrisy: Rabbis, Israeli Politicians Lash Out Against Danish Slaughter Ban – Even Though There Has Been No Commercial Kosher Slaughter In Denmark For A Decade

Rib Steak"European anti-Semitism is showing its true colors across Europe, and is even intensifying in the government institutions. I urge the Danish ambassador to prevent the implementation of the decision to ban kosher slaughter. [Israeli Foreign] Minister [Avigdor] Lieberman must summon him for a clarification,” Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben Dahan fumed.

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Hypocrisy: Rabbis, Israeli Politicians Lash Out Against Danish Slaughter Ban – Even Though There Has Been No Commercial Kosher Slaughter In Denmark For A Decade
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Kosher slaughter is the most humane of all existing methods [of slaughter] and prevents animal suffering," Israel’s haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said late last week with absolutely no proof to back up his statement.

Lau and other Israeli politicians, including Minister of Religious Services Naftali Bennett and Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan lashed out late last week, Ynet reported, against a new Danish regulation instituted by the Danish Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen that effectively bans shechita (kosher slaughter) by banning all slaughter of animals that have not first been stunned or anesthetized.

"I will speak to Denmark's ambassador to Israel and government officials in Denmark, and if this serious decision has indeed been made, we will demand its cancellation. This is a serious and severe blow to the Jewish faith and to the Jews of Denmark!” Lau fumed.

However, there has been no kosher slaughter in Denmark for over a decade and the new regulation has no practical effect on the Danish Jewish community. The regulation will most likely only impact halal (Muslim) slaughter.

Even so, on Thursday, Bennett spoke to prominent European Jewish leaders, including President of the Conference of European Rabbis Pinchas Goldschmidt, Denmark's Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner and Chabad's emissary to Denmark, Rabbi Yitzchok Lowenthal.

"We will stand by the Jewish community and look into ways to help them as soon as possible. This decision benefits neither the animals nor Jewish tradition nor human rights,” Bennett said afterward, citing no evidence to support his animal welfare claim while adding that he had both offered to help Denmark's Jewish community and instructed Religious Services Ministry workers to monitor the situation and to try come up with solutions to it.

Meanwhile, Bennett’s deputy lashed out at Denmark and called Jørgensen’s decision anti-Semitic.

"European anti-Semitism is showing its true colors across Europe, and is even intensifying in the government institutions. I urge the Danish ambassador to prevent the implementation of the decision to ban kosher slaughter. [Israeli Foreign] Minister [Avigdor] Lieberman must summon him for a clarification,” Ben Dahan fumed.

However, Rabbi Yair Melchior, the Chief Rabbi of Copenhagen – the city where over 90% of Denmark’s 6,000 Jews live – told IDF Radio today that Jørgensen’s decision was not anti-Semitic, Arutz Sheva reported.

“It is definitely not anti-Semitism. This minister is known for his animal rights activism. To say ‘anti-Semitism’ is not only inaccurate, it hurts the cause,” Melchior said.

The Conference of European Rabbis also lashed out against Jørgensen's decision, insisting that Jørgensen's statement that “animal rights come before religion" is outrageous, contradicts the European Convention, and violates freedom of religion and conscience. "Although there is no organized kosher slaughter in Denmark, and the decision came following the Muslim's halal slaughter, there is a lot of anger in the European Jewish world over this shameful decision,” the Conference of European Rabbis head, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, insisted.

Jørgensen did tell Denmark’s TV2 television news last week that “animal rights come before religion.” But Jørgensen added that he supports ritual slaughter as long as unnecessary animal suffering is eliminated. And that, Jørgensen said, can only be done by stunning animals before they are slaughtered.

Some Muslim imams allow pre-stunning and the slaughter they endorse would not be banned by Jørgensen’s ruling.

Meanwhile, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the head of a Chabad front group, the European Jewish Association (EJA), reportedly sent a letter to the Danish Ambassador to the European Union, the Danish prime minister and parliament speaker, insisting that the new slaughter ban "hurts Jews not only in Denmark, but in other places across Europe.…Kosher butchering is essential for the continuation of Jewish life.” Margolin reportedly vowed that his organization would "fight against this injustice vigorously" just as is doing against a similar ban in Poland and against a proposed ban on ritual circumcision in Norway.

Last week, a top aide to Poland’s Orthodox chief rabbi – and, arguably, the chief rabbi himself – was caught lying to the government about kosher slaughter, claiming animals he wanted to have kosher slaughtered would be pre-stunned when that was in fact a lie. The revelation caused a nationwide scandal Margolin and the rest of the rabbis and politicians criticizing Denmark have failed to address.

Margolin – who is widely considered to be a rabble-rouser and a thug by non-Chabad rabbis – also reportedly discussed the Danish ban with European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg.

Margolin reportedly says Borg told him that the slaughter ban contradicted European Union law that ensures the right of religious groups to perform ritual slaughter.

Margolin said he plans on asking the Danish government for clarification on this issue.

Horrific animal abuse has been documented at the world’s largest glatt kosher slaughterhouse, the Chabad-hasid-owned Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa; at a veal slaughterhouse, Catelli Brothers in New Jersey, producing glatt kosher veal for the Satmar-hasid-owned Meal Mart / Alle Processing; at Israel’s largest glatt kosher slaughterhouse producing the Adom Adom brand; at Israel’s largest kosher deli producer, Soglowek; at South American slaughterhouses producing glatt and kosher meat for Israel and the US; and at several smaller European slaughterhouses producing glatt and kosher meat for European consumption. Similar abuses were also found at some halal slaughterhouses, as well.

The USDA found against Agriprocessors and Catelli Brothers and shut down Catelli Brothers for almost three weeks. The case against Adom Adom resulted in criminal charges in Israel against some of the worst animal abusers and charges may still be filed in the Soglowek case.

Late last year, Lau ruled that the meat produced by Soglowek was not kosher due to the animal abuse, but he quickly walked back that ruling late last year after being attacked by a large number of haredi rabbis who insisted the abuse did not violate kosher food laws.

Bennett, Ben Dahan, Goldschmidt and Margolin have all failed to address these scandals and the Israeli and world Jewish news media has largely reported the story of Denmark's new slaughter ban completely without context, making no mention of the new Polish scandal or the many humane slaughter violations documented at kosher slaughterhouses worldwide – violations, some argue, that are largely unnecessary and which result primarily from uncaring rabbis and bad practice.

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Hypocritical? No, I don't think so.

Dumb? I'd get behind dumb.

I don't know about the Danish government... Probably like everyone else banning shechita to satisfy their guilt; oh, look how nice we are to these silly animals. It precedes human needs. Putzes!
Shmarya is the real antisemite here.
I am all for humane treatment, but stop the crusade against shechita itself. Temple Grandin is OK with it but of course Shmarya and company are not.

The Danes were very good to the Jews during the crisis of WWII. I would suggest to these loud-mouthed arrogant Israelis that they remember that.

>>>"I don't know about the Danish government... Probably like everyone else banning shechita to satisfy their guilt; oh, look how nice we are to these silly animals. It precedes human needs. Putzes!
Shmarya is the real antisemite here.
I am all for humane treatment, but stop the crusade against shechita itself. Temple Grandin is OK with it but of course Shmarya and company are not."

Such a challenged little troll.

Process: Temple Grandin says shechita is humane IF CERTAIN CONDITIONS ARE MET. She strongly condemned shechita at the Chabad-hasid-owned Agriprocessors, for example, and her conditions are not being met in most glatt kosher slaughterhouses.

Your stupidity, little man, and your brazen lies are quite evident.

Posted by: JekyllJacobson | February 16, 2014 at 04:13 PM<<<

Shmarya,
Keep up the necessary work.

Throughout the history of the Jewish people, those who exposed corruption and sin in Israel were denigrated and even martyred.

Those deluded fools who troll on this site such as Jekyll have to resort to idiotic and childish name-calling such as "fat", "unmarried", "sitting in your mother's basement", etc.

Whatever evil taunts that you have to endure in your righteous struggle against the corruption in the Jewish establishment, your efforts are worthy and will be rewarded in whatever afterlife there is.

The giraffe in the Danish zoo wasn't treated too humanely.

the specialite de la maison of all the right wing spectrum of Israeli politics is to be at all times, fuming, outraged etc...
so much so that they became like the boy that cried wolf. there is no longer value in their outrage.

RWisler: You are quite right about the Danes rescuing Jews during WWII. It was a unique event in Holocaust. Most of them were ferried by average Danish sailors, who owned small boats, to Sweden around the time of the Jewish New Year in 1943. Aiding Jews in Nazi occupied Europe during the war was considered a capital offense for those who were caught. Of the small percentage who were deported to Thereisenstadt, most survived because of the interest taken in their welfare by Danish Christians. In the movie "Exodus", Karen Hansen relates the story of the King of Denmark going on his daily horseback ride wearing a Jewish armband in sympathy with the country's Jewish residents. Many ordinary Christians followed suit. In the end, 99% of Denmark's Jewish community survived the war.

The political and religious loudmouths in Israel are doing the country no favors by behaving like grubyans, a nice Yiddish expression which I remember from my childhhod.

"The giraffe in the Danish zoo wasn't treated too humanely."

The lions would disagree.

Rocky,
The story about the King of Denmark and the citizens of Denmark wearing the yellow armband is fiction. He only publicly threatened to do so.

However, the good people of Denmark did everything they could to stage the rescue operation to Sweden which involved fisherman and citizens to mobilize and trick the Germans while the operation was underway.

There is no moral justification at all for having animals suffer avoidably to satisfy a religion's requirements. A religion is a system of belief - an intangible. An animal's suffering is real, immediate and apparent to any decent person. Whatever method reduces the animal's perception of its mode of death and thus its suffering, should be employed, religion be damned. The technique of minimally-inhumane slaughter has advanced since whichever ancient sages codified the prescribed mode of kosher slaughter. We don't draw and quarter criminals any longer either at least not in civilized places, nor do we stone them to death in civilized places.

The extent to which fundamental decency, adherence to the golden rule and benevolence to all living creatures come second to dogma and rigid adherence to traditional practice marks a religion or a stream within that religion as morally deficient. That's a harsh judgment. No question. So be it. Two thumbs up to the Danes. I'd support legislation mandating stunning in the US if it ever were proposed. I consider reducing the suffering of all living creatures to be a worthy universal human goal.

Posted by: jbullfrog

>The giraffe in the Danish zoo wasn't >treated too humanely.

How not? It was treated well and had excellent care until they killed it. It was shot once and died almost instantly which is a hell of a lot better than what happens to the shackled and hoisted victims at a kosher slaughterhouse.

The Danes have no love for Germans which would be very true like 75 years ago

Reason: In 1864, Denmark lost southern lands to German imperialism. Danes living there, became refugees and went north to resettle in the rest of Denmark

The Malchior family is mafia family who controls the Scandinavian rabbinate for generations, Yair Malchior is the son of rabbi Michael Malchior and he is an idiot like his father, but I do not think he has a rabbinical ordination and for sure he is not the rabbi of Copenhagen (I am not sure I am allowed to say it here has a nice Chabad house)

Denmark save most of her Jews during the holocaust so some hakarat toda (being grateful) is in place

Jekyl, the frumma will not allow anyone to tell them anything about the slaughtering/shechita process.

They simply don't give a crap about the gratuitous cruelty they inflict, and they're like the NRA when it comes to any effort to regulate them.
Therein lies the problem- they won't take recommendations voluntarily from people like Grandin, and so it has to be legislated, which they then still disobey, so then it has to be banned altogether.

And the frumma still don't get it, so they scream antisemitism.

Like during the uproar about circumcision in Germany, a Chabad shmuck had a mohel brought it for his baby's circ, and he made it a point that the mohel do MBP and it be publicized.

They just love getting in your face with their most repugnant acts.

>>Like during the uproar about circumcision in Germany, a Chabad shmuck had a mohel brought it for his baby's circ, and he made it a point that the mohel do MBP and it be publicized.

They just love getting in your face with their most repugnant acts.<<

Of course. They act out, like children. You aren't going to tell THEM what to do.

Then they frame it in terms of "religious freedom", so they come out looking like heroes - ate least to everyone who buys into their bullshit.

Franklin Clinton 03:50 AM
- anytime Melchior over anything chabad, at least the melchiors are jews.

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