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March 19, 2002
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Switzerland will not ease a law that bans kosher slaughter of animals. The decision by the Swiss government was made after consulting with Swiss Jewish representatives, a government spokesman told JTA. The government also told Jewish leaders that it would guarantee the continued import of kosher meat. Government sources say fear of a possible anti-Semitic backlash forced the government’s hand. Alfred Donath, a Swiss Jewish leader, called the law discriminatory and said he is disappointed that the Swiss people opposed the change.

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