The Belgian Jewish Community has filed a lawsuit challenging a law passed last May by the parliament of Belgium southern Walloon region banning the kosher slaughter of animals.The lawsuit was submitted Monday to Belgium’s Constitutional Court by CCOJB, the umbrella representative of Belgiul’s Jewish Organizations. COOJB acts as the branch of the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress.
The 31-year-old foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, is poised to become Europe’s youngest head of government
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) congratulated Kurz but urged him to “not be beholden to a party of the far right in his new coalition government.”
“A party which has run on a platform of xenophobic intolerance and the targeting of immigrants must not be granted a seat at the governing table,” said EJC President Moshe Kantor.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has expressed “grave concern” over reports that The Freedom Party (FPÖ) – led by Heinz-Christian Strache – has entered into an Austrian government coalition with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party.“The FPÖ has a long history of anti-Semitism and xenophobia and we are concerned about the fact that they will control government ministries in the new Austrian Government,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC.
The incident, at a shul in Gothenburg, came after a march in the city against the United States’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The European Jewish Congress called on Sweden and other European countries to take strong action after the two incidents and a series of other protests.
Moshe Kantor, EJC president, said: “It is unconscionable that Jews are under attack on the streets of Europe, whether by terrorists hurling Molotov cocktails or openly and brazenly calling for the mass murder of Jews in Malmo, Vienna and Paris.
The attack took place during a youth party in the synagogue
More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden hours after locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
No one was injured in the attack Saturday night, which ended without injury, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported.
Some left-wing groups see announcement as “ill-timed” mistake.The overwhelming majority of statements pouring in from Jewish groups around the world following the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital were expectedly jubilant, although some liberal organizations expressed concern about its timing.
Representative organization of European Jewry tells French president it opposes all meetings with far-right parties.A delegation from the European Jewish Congress (EJC), led by President Dr. Moshe Kantor, met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. The delegation included Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF, the umbrella organisation of French Jews and the country’s EJC affiliate.
A delegation representing European Jewry met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday in Paris to discuss the renewed rise of far-right political parties in Europe and what it portends.The group from the European Jewish Congress (EJC) was led by President Dr. Moshe Kantor and included Francis Kalifat, President of the CRIF, the umbrella organisation of French Jews and the country’s EJC affiliate.
Jewish groups were breathing a sigh of relief earlier this year after far-right political parties in France and the Netherlands did poorly in national elections. But there is renewed concern now following the surprising strength of far-right parties in elections over the last three weeks in Germany and Austria.
Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, released a statement saying the Freedom Party had “run on a platform of xenophobic intolerance and the targeting of immigrants [and that it] must not be granted a seat at the governing table.”
Europe’s most prominent Jewish organisation has called on the victor in Austria’s election not to form a coalition with the far-Right.
“A party which has run on a platform of xenophobic intolerance and the targeting of immigrants must not be granted a seat at the governing table,” Moshe Kantor, the president of the Jewish Congress, said.
Jewish leaders have expressed alarm at the prospect of a governing coalition in Austria dominated by the far-right, following Sunday’s strong showing in national elections by the ultranationalist Freedom Party (FPO)
The EJC’s president, Moshe Kantor, called on Kurz “not be beholden to a party of the far-right in his new coalition government.”
While congratulating Austrian People’s Party leader Sebastian Kurtz on placing first in the general election polls on Sunday night, Jewish groups, in the same breath, called on the new government to keep the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) out of the coalition.
“We strongly urge Mr. Kurz to form a coalition of centrist parties and not be beholden to a party of the far-right in his new coalition government,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said.