An Israeli judge on Thursday rejected a petition by the Knesset’s Law Committee to legalize the kosher meat of kosher slaughterhouses.
Law Committee member Nachman Shaiyan (Yesh Atid) asked the Israeli High Court to overturn a decision by the Law Ministry that rejected his proposal to legalize kosher meat for commercial use.
Shaiyan said the proposal would allow the kosher slaughter of “a kosher animal” and would allow kosher slaughter to be conducted in facilities that do not receive public funding.
In a statement, Shaiyaan said the law committee’s decision was based on “unfounded and speculative claims” that the legal exemption for kosher slaughter is unconstitutional.
“The court is obligated to uphold the decisions of the Law Minister in the context of the legal framework, and the decision of the law council is not based on these baseless claims,” Shaiyahan said.
“This is why the law committees decision does not make a clear distinction between kosher slaughter in public slaughterhouses and kosher meat used for commercial purposes.”
The ban on kosher meat in the kosher kosher meat industry was first implemented in Israel in 2013.
The move was aimed at combating the growing demand for kosher meat from Israel’s large Jewish community.
But the government has since expanded the ban to cover kosher meat sold in kosher stores.