Circumcision ban

In Norway, plan hatched for 'symbolic' circumcision

By Zoe Winograd, August 9, 2012

Norway’s ombudsman for children’s rights has proposed that Jews and Muslims replace male circumcision with a non-surgical ritual.


Case for circumcision can be argued without invective

By Josh Glancy, August 2, 2012

The consequences of the recent court ruling in Cologne criminalising religious circumcision continue to reverberate around Europe. Last week, hospitals in Switzerland and Austria suspended the procedure. The debate over the merits and morals of the practice rumbles on.


A post-war baby’s guide to ignorance and antisemitism

By Maureen Lipman, July 27, 2012

My chap and I were in the car, discussing the Cologne court's ruling on circumcision. Germans were banning Muslim and Jewish religious practice, going back thousands of years. Someone on the radio defended it on the grounds that we ban female circumcision


Threat to circumcision grows in Europe

By Orlando Radice, July 26, 2012

Fears that a court ruling in Germany last month criminalising religious circumcision would have a knock-on effect across Europe are slowly being realised.

This week, the governor of Vorarlberg, an Austrian province, told state-run hospitals to suspend religious circumcisions until the legal situation in the country is clarified.


Austrian province suspends religious circumcision

By Jamie Michaels, July 25, 2012

The governor of Vorarlberg, the westernmost federal state in Austria, has told hospitals in the province to suspend religious circumcisions until the legal situation is clarified.


Swiss hospitals suspend circumcision

By Jamie Michaels, July 23, 2012

Two Swiss hospitals have suspended the performance of circumcision, after the ruling of a German court in Cologne which said that religious circumcision was likely to be illegal because it infringed the rights of the child.


Chancellor Merkel furious over German circumcision row

By Toby Axelrod, July 19, 2012

Jewish leaders are greeting signs that Germany will ensure the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcise their sons, following a court ruling in Cologne that puts that right in jeopardy.


New campaign in support of circumcision

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2012

A cross-communal campaign group is to be launched to defend religious circumcision in Britain.

There is widespread support from across the spectrum of synagogal groups and religious bodies to speak out in favour of brit milah.


Chief Rabbi protests to Germany over circumcision ruling

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

The Chief Rabbi has protested to the German Ambassador in London over the Cologne court ruling on circumcision.

In a letter to Georg Boomgaarden, Lord Sacks wrote of his “shock and dismay” at the decision, which would “render the Jewish practice of circumcision illegal and those who perform it liable to imprisonment.


Berlin hospitals stop ritual circumcisions

By Toby Axelrod, July 5, 2012

Two hospitals in Berlin have cancelled planned ritual circumcisions after a Cologne District Court last week ruled the religious practice to be a criminal act.