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Minister Yankelevich, what about religious freedom for Israelis?

Minister Yankelevich, what about religious freedom for Israelis?

Speaking about the growing efforts at restricting kosher slaughter and circumcision rites in Europe, as well as litigation initiated at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, brought by Orthodox leadership to challenge the legality of such restrictive legislation, Minister Yankelevich spoke last week at the Knesset.


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