Circumcision ban

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.


Bring me the royal baby and I’ll give him the snip, says top mohel

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A leading mohel has offered to circumcise Prince George — in keeping with a Royal Family tradition.

Dr Joseph Spitzer, a GP and the head of the Initiation Society, is willing to carry out the procedure should the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decide to maintain the practice common among royals since the 19th century.


Israel rabbinate backs Berlin rabbi over oral suction

By Zoe Winograd, April 24, 2013

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has written a letter in support of Berlin’s Chabad Rabbi Yehudah Teichtal, who has come under fire for including the practice of metzitah b’peh – direct oral suction of blood from the wound – in his son’s circumcision.


Foreskin Man is back to battle Muslim circumcision

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2013

Superman, Spiderman and all manner of superheroes have returned for sequel outings during which they saved the world and got the girl. So it should come as no surprise that Foreskin Man – the blonde haired, blue eyed caped crusader against male circumcision – has returned to fight foes in the Muslim world.


Forty five per cent of Britons ready to ban shechita

By Simon Rocker, March 27, 2013

Almost half the population favour a ban on religious slaughter of animals for meat and nearly a third want a ban on male circumcision, according to the results of a YouGov poll for the JC.

Asked whether they support or oppose a ban on religious slaughter, 45 per cent back a ban, 27 per cent are against and 28 per cent say they do not know.


Determination will beat threat to rituals

By Shimon Cohen, December 27, 2012

In 2012 both shechita and milah came under attack across Europe.

We faced a serious attack on shechita in Poland and worked very hard with the exceptional Chief Rabbi Schudrich, to protect it. Here, Shechita UK has been vigilant as the Government prepares to replace existing legislation with EU Regulation 1099 on the Protection of Animals at the Time of Killing.


Germany votes to keep circumcision legal

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

The German parliament approved a new bill to protect male circumcision on Wednesday.

The new ruling, which legalises the circumcision of male infants by authorised practitioners, was passed by an overwhelming majority of 434 to 100 votes.


Welcome addition to UK Jewry

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 27, 2012

For seasoned devotees of this column, this is a rare moment. I'm about to welcome the establishment of a new Anglo-Jewish communal organisation. What's more, I'm going to say that its establishment is long overdue.


New drive to ban circumcision in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, November 22, 2012

The saga of Germany’s efforts to regulate ritual circumcision of boys continues with a new proposal by liberal and left-leaning legislators that would bar the procedure for those under the age of 14.


Milah UK to protect Jewish circumcision in Britain

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

A new group, Milah UK, has been launched to promote the practice of Jewish circumcision in the UK.

The new group will serve all members of the community, from strictly Orthodox to Liberal Judaism.

Milah UK is jointly chaired by Dr Simon Hochhauser, former president of the United Synagogue and Prof David Katz, from the defence division at the Board of Deputies of British Jews.