Algemeiner: The highest court in Greece on Tuesday issued a ban on the slaughter of animals in accordance with the religious rites of both Jews and Muslims, leading one Jewish leader to warn that the community’s freedom to observe its religious laws “is under direct attack across Europe.”
In its ruling, the Hellenic Council of State — the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece — determined that the slaughter of animals for kosher and halal consumption was illegal under both Greek and European law. The court upheld a complaint from an animal rights organization, the Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation, that slaughtering animals without prior stunning contravened animal protection legislation.
The Greek court’s decision is another blow to efforts in Europe to protect shechita — the binding rules outlined in the Torah that concern the killing of animals for human consumption — from judicial censure. Under the laws of shechita, pre-stunning of animals is not permitted. Read More…
Opinion: Prophetic events cast a shadow beforehand…
Excerpt: Antichrist: The Search for Amalek:
In 168 BC, Antiochus (Epiphanes) stepped up his campaign to crush Judaism so that all subjects in his vast empire, which included the land of Israel, would share the same culture and worship the same (Greek) gods.
Times of terror and persecution befell the Jewish people. He quickly earned the nickname Epimanes, or “madman,” a play on the word Epiphanes. Decreeing that studying Torah, observing the Sabbath, and circumcising Jewish boys were punishable by death, he sent Syrian overseers and soldiers to villages throughout Judea to enforce the edicts and force Jews to engage in idol worship. Many fled to the wilderness, but thousands died at the hands of the madman.
Before World War II anti-Semitism grew in Europe:
Voices of the Holocaust: The persecution of the Jews began systematically almost as soon as Hitler came to power. The Nazis established many new anti-Jewish laws. These were introduced slowly at first, so that the civilian population would not realise the extent of the Nazi party’s anti-Semitism. Below is a chart showing a small selection of the 2,000 Nazi anti-Jewish decrees passed between 1933-1945. It is uncertain whether Hitler planned to murder the Jews when he came to power. Originally it seems he intended to force them out of Germany but this eventually led to a plan to exterminate the Jews.
1933 anti-Semitism begins in Europe:
Public burning of books by Jews and anti-Nazis
Random attacks on Jews and Jewish property
Police and the courts no longer protect Jews
April boycotts of Jewish shops – for one day, Germans are told not to buy from shops and business owned by Jews
SA stand by shops to discourage people from going inside
‘Kosher’- ritual slaughter of animals banned
Department of Racial Hygiene (‘ethnic cleansing’) established
1941 the Holocaust begins:
- Jews over age 6 forced to wear a Yellow Star of David with ‘Jew’ written on it
- Jews forbidden to use public telephones
- Jews forbidden to keep dogs, cats, and birds
- Jews forbidden to leave the country
(see years 1932-1943 here)
Is it a coincidence that Daniel 9:26 prophesied the final Antichrist will come from Europe?
” …And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary …”
The prince who is to come is Antichrist and it was Rome that destroyed Jerusalem and the second Jewish Temple in 70 AD.