Circumcision ban

Germany to make religious circumcision legal

By Orlando Radice, October 4, 2012

Germany is poised to pass a law that will legalise religious circumcision if it is performed by a person who is medically qualified.

The legislation follows a May ruling in Cologne that criminalised non-medical circumcision of minors in that district.


German draft law permits religious circumcision

By Toby Axelrod, October 4, 2012

Jews and Muslims in Germany have welcomed a new government proposal to secure their right to perform ritual circumcisions on boys.

The proposal follows a May ruling in Cologne that criminalised non-medical circumcision of minors in that district. It comes up for approval by the parliament this autumn.


Germany draft bill allows circumcision

By Anna Sheinman, September 28, 2012

Germany’s Justice Ministry on Wednesday moved to protect the rights of Jews and Muslims to carry out circumcisions, issuing a draft bill which allows the operation.

The development follows months of uncertainty following a Cologne district court ruling in May which banned religious circumcision.


The wrongs of human rights

By Jonathan Fisher, September 16, 2012

Using human-rights principles to attempt to ban circumcision in Germany is a grotesque insult to the memory of Holocaust victims.

The Jewish jurists who helped inspire the human-rights movement must be spinning in their graves at the intellectual violence that their legacy has spawned.


Jews demonstrate over threat to circumcision in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, September 10, 2012

German Jews were joined by Christians and Muslims on Sunday evening for a demonstration calling for circumcision to remain legal.

Around 500 people attended the rally, which was held in Bebelplatz in Berlin, a public square notorious as the site of book-burning ceremonies by the Nazis and their supporters in May 1933.


Nazi slogans sprayed on Jewish graves on Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2012

A Jewish cemetery has been desecrated by vandals in Germany.

Six tombstones were targeted by the vandals, who sprayed graffiti including the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil” and the phrase “S**t Jews” on them.

Police are now conducting an investigation into the attack on the graveyard in the northeastern city of Rostock and have said they have a good idea of who was behind it.


UK rabbi backs brit suction

By Simon Rocker, September 6, 2012

The head of London’s strictly Orthodox rabbinate has signed a petition urging defiance of plans by New York city health authorities to regulate a controversial circumcision practice.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, leader of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, is one of 200 rabbis who declared it “forbidden” to accept the move by the civil authorities.


Berlin says no to mohelim

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

Berlin has authorised doctors, but not mohelim, to perform circumcisions. The announcement comes in the wake of a Cologne state court decision in May that non-medical circumcisions amounted to a criminal offence.


Top US medical body upgrades circumcision

By Ted Merwin , August 30, 2012

The governing body of American pediatricians has decided that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh its potential risks, according to a new policy announced this week.

While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stopped short of recommending that circumcisions be routinely performed on newborn boys, it cleared the way for insurance coverage for the procedure.


Second German rabbi facing circumcision charges

By Orlando Radice, August 30, 2012

One of Germany’s most prominent rabbis, Yitshak Ehrenberg, is facing criminal charges after publicly promising to continue carrying out circumcisions.