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WHY KOSHER BUTCHERS IN WESTERN EUROPE ARE PREPARING TO CLOSE SHOP (JTA via J. Post)

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Nov. 28, 2017

The current wave of legislation in Belgium and the Netherlands follows an earlier drive to ban ritual slaughter.

Since 2014, at least 25,000 French Jews have immigrated to Israel alone — a 260 percent increase from the 9,537 who left France for the Jewish state in the previous five years. Levy’s father also left, as did other family members.

And although their departure has made only a small dent in France’s Jewish community overall, their absence has had a disproportional effect on Levy’s business, he said.

“Those who left are exactly my clientele,” Levy said at his meat shop.

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