British Jews Concerned New Coronavirus Bill Could Violate Jewish Law


British Jews are concerned that an emergency law intended to combat the spread of the coronavirus may violate Jewish funeral rituals.

The Algemeiner reports that the so-called “Coronavirus Bill” will allow medical authorities to mandate cremation of those who have died of the illness despite any religious objections.

Cremation is forbidden under Jewish law,

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said in a statement, “For those that do succumb to this pandemic, it is important that they know that they will be lain to rest in accordance with their wishes.”

The Board pointed out that since Jewish law mandates burial within 24 hours of death, infection from the bodies of virus victims is highly unlikely.

The British Muslim community has also expressed opposition to the law, as cremation is also forbidden under Sharia.

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