Circumcision ban

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.


Say hello to the twisted ideology of choice

By Giles Fraser, August 23, 2012

The current row about circumcision that is now raging all over Europe is profoundly troubling on a number of levels.

The Bavaria case this week comes on the back of the court case in Cologne against a Muslim doctor for circumcising a boy with parental consent and moves in Scandinavia seeking to outlaw male circumcision.


German rabbi faces charges for carrying out religious circumcisions

By Toby Axelrod, August 23, 2012

An attempt this week to prosecute a German rabbi for carrying out religious circumcisions is the latest assault in a Europe-wide attack on Judaism, say Jewish leaders.


Charges filed against rabbi for carrying out circumcisions

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2012

A German rabbi has become the first person to have criminal charges filed against him for carrying out circumcisions. Rabbi David Goldberg, an Israeli mohel currently living in Bavaria, has been charged with causing bodily harm following a May ruling at the district court in Cologne which banned religious circumcision.


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.