For Shneur Odze, the first Haredi/Orthodox Jew to become a member of the Europe Parliament, the hope that he’ll be able to serve as an advocate for Jewish causes, overshadows the fact that he is running as a candidate of the right-wing UK Independence Party.
“I’m standing for all the reasons every UKIP candidate is standing. But of course I have a vested interest in Jewish issues — shechita, brit milah. These are EU-related issues,” the 31-year-old father of four told The Jewish Chronicle, in an extended interview ahead of next month’s election. “In the European Parliament there are very few Jews. We get a poor hearing. I hope to be right in the forefront of the issues.”