London (Jul. 22)
The Joint Foreign Committee, the body representing the Anglo-Jewish Association and the Board of Jewish Deputies, for the protection of Jewish rights, will spare no effort to persuade the government of Norway to reconsider the recent decision of Parliament to enact a prohibition on schechita, declared Lucien Wolf, secretary, in the committee’s report submitted Sunday to the monthly meeting of the Board of Jewish Deputies.
A prohibition of schechita has already been adopted in Sweden, and there is real danger that the two Scandinavian kingdoms may be followed by Denmark. The Joint Foreign Committee was taken by surprise, since the promoters of the schechita prohibition in Norway made secret preparations for the passage of the bill to prevent Jewish bodies from counteracting their propaganda which was defeated two years ago.
The Joint Foreign Committee has decided that it cannot make representations to the government of Roumania in connection with the present controversy between the government and Jewish leaders concerning the Jewish communities law. Mr. Wolf explained that here was not a question of intolerable persecution or of an infraction of treaty rights, but an internal difference between various sections of the Jewish community.
An increase of the agitation for the reform of the calendar in the United States was reported to the Committee. The situation requires further defensive methods, it was declared.
Major Isidore Salmon, M. P., was elected vice-president of the Board of Jewish Deputies, succeeding the late Joseph Prag.