Circumcision ban

Eurocrats reverse decision to condemn brit milah

By Toby Axelrod, October 8, 2015

Jewish and Muslim groups have succeeded in reversing a Council of Europe resolution that condemned ritual circumcision of boys.

Backtracking on a two-year-old resolution condemning the practice, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace) passed a new statement last Thursday reasserting its commitment to protecting religious freedom.


Link between circumcision and autism risk rejected

By Naomi Firsht, January 9, 2015

Jewish campaigners have rejected claims that circumcision may be linked to an increased risk in developing autism.

A study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine showed circumcision on boys under the age of five could double the risk of them developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and for boys circumcised under the age of 10 the risk was raised by 46 per cent.


Danes back demands for a ban on brit

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 30, 2014

Doctors, human-rights advocates and members of the Jewish and Muslim communities have joined politicians for a circumcision debate in the Danish parliament.

It took place a day after the publication of a poll showing that 74 per cent of Danes support a ban on non-medical male circumcision.


Circumcision is at the heart of Jewish identity

By Elad Uzan, March 23, 2014

Recently, circumcision has been in the headlines in Israel due to two events. First came a German court’s decision that circumcision is “bodily harm”, leading to claims that Germany, or Europe, are about to ban circumcision, and to accusations of antisemitism by many Israelis. Recently, a woman who refused to circumcise her son was allegedly ordered to do so by an Israeli rabbinical court.


Rabbi sued for ‘chopping off penis’

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

A rabbi from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is accused of chopping off a newborn baby’s penis during a routine circumcision in April 2013.

A civil lawsuit brought by the parents of the baby, who are only identified by their initials, alleges the rabbi acted “with a total disregard” for the child.


Brit Milah has no impact on sex, concludes meta-study

By Dan Goldberg, December 12, 2013

Don’t fret — your brit milah has had no impact on sensitivity or satisfaction during sex.

That is the conclusion of a landmark study by Australian scientists who conducted a systematic review of the scientific literature, analysing almost 40 studies on the controversial subject.


Circumcision could be banned

By Jonathan Fisher, November 8, 2013

In a move triggering one of the gravest threats to European Jewry since the infamous Nuremberg laws, the Council of Europe’s parliament voted last month for countries, including the UK, to “take legislative and policy measures that help reinforce child protection” in cases where young boys are circumcised for religious reasons.


Council of Europe tells Peres it is committed to religious freedom

By Charlotte Oliver, October 10, 2013

The Council of Europe has assured Israeli president Shimon Peres of its commitment to religious tolerance, following a resolution condemning male ritual circumcision.

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland replied to a letter sent by Mr Peres, which told the council that banning circumcision would impede religious freedom.


Sweden’s Council of Jewish Communities criticised for not protesting possible circumcision ban

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 3, 2013

Calls to ban circumcision resurfaced in Sweden last week.

The right-wing Sweden Democrats tabled a bill to criminalise non-medical circumcision, and the children’s ombudsman — together with representatives of several healthcare bodies — published an opinion piece in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter claiming that circumcision contravenes human rights.


Swedish MPs propose circumcision ban

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

A motion to ban the circumcision of males younger than 18, unless for medical purposes, has been presented to the Swedish parliament.

Two members of the right-wing, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party brought the motion forward on Tuesday. Their party, which holds only 20 of the 349 seats in parliament, argues it is the next step after Sweden’s ban on female genital mutilation.