WJC News Update – US court bars ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ as birthplace on American passports

WJC News Update – US court bars ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ as birthplace on American passports

News updates from the World Jewish Congress website – 24 July 2013

Minister asks Polish Jews, Muslims to sue over religious slaughter

Religious Affairs Minister Michal Boni has asked Jewish and Muslim representatives to petition Poland’s Constitutional Court to sort out conflicting laws that have led to a ban Shechita.

US court bars ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ as birthplace on American passports

24 Jul 2013 An American appeals court has ruled that a passport law that designates ‘Israel’ as the birthplace of Jerusalem-born Americans is unconstitutional. READ MORE »

Belgian Jewish leader praises new King Philippe’s interest in Jewish affairs

24 Jul 2013 The Belgian Jewish Community was officially represented at the abdication ceremony of King Albert II and the swearing-in of his son Philippe as new king of the Belgians on Sunday. READ MORE »

EU to label products from Israeli settlements – Daily Telegraph

24 Jul 2013 EU foreign affairs supremo Catherine Ashton said the European Commission now had to formulate guidelines to label products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. READ MORE »

Israel to begin giving intelligence on Hezbollah to EU enforcement officials – Jerusalem Post

24 Jul 2013 Now that the EU has decided to designate Hezbollah’s military wing a terrorist organization, Israel will begin providing EU law enforcement officials with intelligence material so they can enforce the decision, Israeli diplomatic officials said. READ MORE »

Israel: Tumultuous Chief Rabbinate race comes to a head – Israel Hayom

24 Jul 2013 The long race for the powerful positions of Israel’s chief Ashkenazi and Sephardi rabbis will conclude on Wednesday evening as the members of the body tasked with electing the heads of the country’s religious establishment will cast their ballots. READ MORE »

Poland’s chief rabbi decries ban on religious slaughter

24 Jul 2013 The extension of the ban on the religious ritual slaughter of animals for meat is harming Polish-Jewish relations, Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich says. READ MORE »

Teens suspected of smashing Jewish headstones in Serbia

23 Jul 2013 Serbian police suspect three teenagers are responsible for desecrating 39 Jewish graves in the northern city of Subotica. READ MORE »