WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2013 CE & 1434 AH
Up Coming Events:
- IFANCA will be participating in the “First Halal Food Middle East Expo” to be held in Sharjah, UAE, on December 10 to 12, 2012.
- Mark your calendar for IFANCA’s “15th International Halal food Conference”, to be held on April 6-8 2013, at Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, IL USA. Click here for the program and registration form.
A REPORT ON 2012 THANKS GIVING TURKEY DRIVE:
T he distribution of turkeys for 2012 Chicago Muslim Turkey Drive was a success on Tuesday, November 20th, two days before the Thanksgiving Day. Thanks to the $14.400 donation from 180 people, 800 turkeys were distributed to deserving families in Chicago's Jackson Park, Marquette Park, and Avondale neighborhoods. This makes the 2012 drive the most successful ever, Alhamdu Lillah. In addition to Emmett Till's allotment of 500 turkeys, 244 were also given to IMAN, and 41 to Sabeel Food Pantry (sabeelpantry.org).
As in previous years, Sabeel Food Pantry, a community project of IFANCA, assisted in collection of tax-deductible donations and purchaser of wholesale turkeys. In recognition of its pivotal role, each turkey given out this year was tagged with a tag from Sabeel and wishing the recipient a Happy Thanksgiving.
The 500 turkeys organized in auditorium of Emmett Till Academy, were distributed to families of the children at the school and to its local community between 10:30 and 1:30. The staff at the school, led by Principal Charles Asiyanbi, and Parent Teacher Liaison Constance Gabb, has worked hard at refining a fair and efficient way of allocating these turkeys. By 1:30, the huge stacks of boxes of turkeys were no more, and when the final turkey was given out a round of applause rose within the auditorium. Mission accomplished!
We are extremely gratified that this annual turkey drive has once again come to a successful conclusion. From its humble beginnings with Kamran Memon back in 2001, the drive has grown from dozens to hundreds of turkeys distributed, from one site at the school to now three points of distribution. The drive is the result of months of preparation that begin only a couple of months after the last drive.
In addition to all of the key players mentioned above, I need to recognize Faiz Kamal, for his tireless role in promoting the turkey drive through many possible means; Sofia Shakir provided key management and promotional support, and was a key liaison with our partners at the Mohammed Webb Foundation; and a new member in the team, Salman Chaudry, as a coordinator this year, completely revamping the turkey drive's website (sabeelpantry.org/turkeydrive.html), changing it into a vibrant and enticing center for our online efforts, and also provided key support for ensuring that our PayPal account was in order.
In addition to our coordinators, we'd like to thank volunteers Komal Hanif, Anam Aljabali, and Nikia Bilal and her children, all of whom took time from their busy schedules to help with handing out turkeys at Emmett Till.
We feel blessed to have pulled this drive off again. We feel that we are building an institution, one that God Willing we will continue to fortify and hopefully expand in the years to come. On behalf of all the recipient families, we'd like to thank all the donors who have helped provide a family in need with Thanksgiving dinner this year. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Jihad Shoshara Turkey Drive Co-coordinator
“POLAND COURT’S DECISION ON ANIMAL SLAUGHTERING ACCEPTABLE TO HALAL”
Poland is to draft new laws so that it does not have to stop slaughterhouses from producing kosher meat, a prospect that has angered the Jewish community in the country where Nazi Germany massacred millions of Jews during World War Two.
MTND (Meat Trade News Daily) played no small part in this decision raising global awareness to how the animal rights tail was wagging the government dog.
The constitutional court ruled this week that kosher slaughter methods, which involve killing livestock while they are still conscious, contravened a Polish law which states animals must be stunned before slaughter.
The agriculture ministry said in a statement it "has taken actions to prepare legal solutions," that would amend the current animal protection law and allow the practice to continue legally.
"I believe this it is the only way to get out of the current legal impasse," said Piotr Kadlcik, the head of the Union of Jewish Communities of Poland. "We will be fully satisfied when shechita (kosher slaughter) is legal again."
Some Polish abattoirs have been slaughtering animals without stunning them for Jewish customers and also for Muslims, whose halal butchery techniques are similar.
They were able to do this because the government had issued a ministerial decree waiving the requirement that livestock be stunned, but the court said the waiver was unlawful and would no longer apply from December 31 this year.
The case was referred to the court after representations from animal rights activists, who say kosher and halal slaughter practices are unnecessarily cruel.
Jewish groups said the ruling threatened their right to freely practice their faith. Some Jewish community leaders said the tone of the debate around the issue echoed the kind of anti-Semitic rhetoric seen in Europe before World War Two.
Poland was home to Europe's largest Jewish community before the outbreak of war in 1939, but the Holocaust all but wiped it out. Nazi concentration camps including Auschwitz and Treblinka were located on Polish soil.
The Polish dispute over kosher meat has echoes of a case in neighboring Germany this year.
There, a court ruling outlawing circumcision of young boys on medical grounds raised an outcry from Jews and Muslims, who said it curtailed their religious freedom. The German ruling is to be overturned by new legislation.
Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Sophie Hares)
KOSHER AND HALAL FOOD ACT OF 2012
Following is a Bill introduced by Mrs. Kristen Gillibrand of New York in United States Senate on November 15, 2012, which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
To amend the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 to provide for the increased purchase of Kosher and Halal food and to modify the labeling of the commodities list under the emergency food assistance program to enable Kosher and Halal food bank operators to identify which commodities to obtain from local food banks.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Kosher and Halal Food Act of 2012’.
SEC. 2. PURCHASE AND DISTRIBUTION OF KOSHER AND HALAL FOOD FOR EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
Section 202 of the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (7 U.S.C. 7502) is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘(h) Kosher and Halal Food- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall finalize and implement a plan--
‘(1) to increase the purchase of Kosher and Halal food from food manufacturers with a Kosher or Halal certification to carry out the program established under this Act if the Kosher and Halal food purchased is comparable in price to food that is not from food manufacturers with a Kosher or Halal certification; and
‘(2) to modify the labeling of the commodities list used to carry out the program in a manner that enables Kosher and Halal food bank operators to identify which commodities to obtain from local food banks.’.
S. 3632: Kosher and Halal Food Act of 2012 112th Congress, 2011–2012. Text as of Nov 15, 2012 (Introduced).