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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Poland - European Jewish Association Calls For Resignation Of Polish Chief Rabbi Over 'Shechita' Ban

Poland - Claiming that Polish Chief Rabbi, Michael Schudrich, purposely excluded efforts by outside organizations to aid in the recently-defeated effort to reverse a ban on ritual slaughter out of “ego considerations,” officials from the European Jewish Association (EJA) are calling for his resignation.

JTA Reports that Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the Brussels-based EJA, accused Schudrich of blocking outside efforts so that he could “be the only one dealing with the subject.”

The bill, which would have reversed the ban on ritual slaughter that went into effect in January, was defeated on July 12th by a 222 to 178 vote in the Polish parliament.

Schudrich has also come under fire by other organizations who charged him with withholding information on the status of the bill until it was “too late” to do anything.

Schudrich called Margolin’s statements “unwarranted hate,” while insisting he was in contact with both the European Jewish Congress and the Conference of European Rabbis throughout the process.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said there are no current plans to reintroduce legislation concerning the matter

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