Circumcision ban

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brit milah and religious health

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 5, 2012

If it wasn't so serious, the decision of the district court in Cologne to brand circumcision a criminal act would be almost humorous.

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Prejudice returns

June 29, 2012

The idea that any court, anywhere in the world, might take it upon itself to criminalise male circumcision is troubling enough. The fact that it was a German district court that did so this week is deeply disturbing.

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German court rules circumcision a crime

By Toby Axelrod, June 28, 2012

A district court in Germany has ruled that circumcision may be considered a criminal act, raising alarm bells among Jewish institutions around the world.

According to the District Court in Cologne, circumcision is legally defensible only if is it medically required, not as a religious prescription.

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German court rules circumcision a crime

By Toby Axelrod, June 28, 2012

A district court in Germany has ruled that circumcision may be considered a criminal act, raising alarm bells among Jewish institutions around the world.

According to the District Court in Cologne, circumcision is legally defensible only if is it medically required, not as a religious prescription.

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Swedish anti-hate tsar leads fight against brit

By Anna Ekstrom, January 26, 2012

For almost two months, prominent members of Swedish society have been campaigning for a ban on traditional male circumcision.

The most vocal advocate of anti-circumcision legislation is Bengt Westerberg, former leader of the liberal People's Party. However, Mr Westerberg also chairs a government committee set up to combat antisemitism and other forms of racism.

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New moves could regulate circumcision

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2011

There are fears that Jewish circumcision in the UK could be regulated by NHS bodies for the first time, following a move to curb malpractice in other ethnic groups.

Last week the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Partnership, a joint arm of NHS and Social Services, released a leaflet to GP surgeries and hospitals offering guidance for parents on circumcision.

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