The Dutch Parliament just voted 116-30 in favor of a ban on both kosher (Jewish) and halal (Muslim) meat slaughtering without prior stunning of the animal. The bill still requires to be passed into a law and that probably won’t happen until after summer. But there are some serious implication to this sudden restriction.(read more here).
For the muslim community, as difficult and crippling as it might be, it does not create a serious problem since animals can still be prepared according to halal laws after being stunned.
On the other hand, kosher laws are somewhat stricter and they don’t allow for the stunning of the animals prior to being slaughtered.
This would force both community but especially the Jewish community to either import their kosher meat or stay away from meat altogether.
If the law passes, the Netherlands will become the second recent country after New Zealand to outlaw kosher and halal slaughtering. Switzerland, Scandinavian and Baltic countries have similar laws in effect that go back to pre WWII and are most likely based on anti-semitism.
As a matter of fact, the Dutch Jewish community is very concerned as they wonder what will be banned next…circumcision…Shabbat keeping?
It is even more frightening when we remember that the first law that Nazi Germany enacted against the Jewish people was the banning of Kosher meat preparation. Yes…It is too close for comfort within the Dutch Jewish community and this should be very alarming to Jews around the world as well as those who call themselves their friends.
The Jews continue to be used as the “Scapegoats of humanity”, yet God who doesn’t wish for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9), has place the Jews in the center of His plan for mankind. The ones God calls “the apple of my eye” in Zechariah 2:8 have a very special place in God’s heart and should be recognized as such. Anybody messing with the Jewish people cannot call themselves a Christian (Psalm 83:1-5) and we must all remember that when it comes to hurting His chosen people (Isaiah 43:20), It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).
I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him who curses you. Genesis 12:3