Thursday, August 30, 2012
Israel’s chief rabbi warns Dutch populist politician over kosher slaughter ban
In a letter to Wilders on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, called on Wilders' Freedom Party to stop backing a ban on ritual slaughter.
"It is obvious that one cannot be at the same time a friend of Israel and the Jewish people and on the other hand support an anti-Jewish law," Metzger wrote.
"By denying Jews to live according to the Torah you will eventually force them to leave the Netherlands where they enjoyed religious freedom for centuries."
Metzger wrote that he was "shocked and upset to learn that your party once again has adopted a total ban on ritual slaughter in its platform."
"This is the classical anti-Semitic way our rites have been targeted and demonized throughout history," he wrote.
Wilders has transformed the political climate in the Netherlands and his anti-Islam, anti-euro Freedom Party was the third largest in the most recent elections.