European Jewish Congress appalled by decision of European Court of Human Rights to uphold Belgian Shechita ban

The European Jewish Congress expresses its deep concern for the future of viable Jewish community life in Europe after a top European court upheld a ban on Shechita, the Jewish slaughter of animals for meat, imposed by two Belgian regions.

Statements

European Jewish Congress appalled by decision of European Court of Human Rights to uphold Belgian Shechita ban

The European Jewish Congress expresses its deep concern for the future of viable Jewish community life in Europe after a top European court upheld a ban on Shechita, the Jewish slaughter of animals for meat, imposed by two Belgian regions.

Events & Meetings

EJC holds General Assembly in Vienna

Leaders from over 30 Jewish communities across Europe gathered in Austria to discuss recent developments, exchange best practices, and address opportunities and challenges ahead in the aftermath of the Hamas massacre on October 7, 2023.

News from Communities

EJC in the media

Jerusalem Post: “Holocaust memorial stones splattered with paint in Vienna”

“Heartbreaking to see stumbling stones paying tribute to Jews who were deported to concentration camps smeared with yellow paint in Vienna,” said the EJC.

News & Views

700% rise in antisemitic incidents in US college campuses since October 7

Some 44 of these incidents were physical attacks – more than the past 10 years combined; and 56% of Jewish students they feel unwelcome on college campuses.

Life in Israel

IDF rescues 2 hostages from south Gaza’s Rafah in daring nighttime operation

The Israel Defense Forces said that Fernando Simon Marman, 61, and Norberto Louis Har, 70, were in good condition after being rescued.

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Shoah Commemoration

More than 70 years after the Shoah, the systematic murder of six million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators, representing a third of the world’s Jewish population and a half of Europe’s, it is incumbent upon us as Jews and as Europeans to maintain the memory of this most unique of genocides and to draw the lessons from it for our own days.

We must seek different methods to convey the same message of where hatred and intolerance and antisemitism lead. The most important of these is through education and the EJC works with governments and local authorities to ensure the insertion and maintenance of Holocaust education in curricula and non-curricula activities.

About us

The EJC was created to give a unified voice to Jewish communities around Europe, representing their common interests and concerns, but at the same time allowing smaller Jewish communities a wider platform to express their specific needs.

It federates democratically elected national Jewish community organisations in over 40 European countries uniting 2.5 million Jews across the continent.