Germany

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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German anti-Israel poet 'lied about being Jewish and Holocaust survivor parents'

July 5, 2012

The religious background and family history of an obscure German anti-Israel poet came under intense scrutiny this week as she was accused of lying about being Jewish, pretending to have served in the IDF and faking Holocaust survivor parents.

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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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Heirs of survivors sue the Claims Conference

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

The Claims Conference, the international body which distributes restitution money to Holocaust survivors, is being sued in Israel by two families who say they have been denied compensation for properties seized in Nazi Germany.

Tel Aviv lawyers Heskia-Hacmun, who are handling the lawsuit, are also asking to hear from other families abroad who believe they may have similar claims.

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German mayor backs Israel boycott

By Benjamin Weinthal, June 7, 2012

The mayor of Jena, a city in Thuringia, east Germany, has unleashed a storm of criticism from pro-Israel groups who object to his support of a sweeping boycott of products from the Jewish state.

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Banker: Germany supports euro out of Holocaust guilt

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2012

The former central banker of Germany has claimed that the country has allowed itself to be held hostage to the rest of Europe out of guilt for the Holocaust.

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Come on, you Ms

May 17, 2012

For Spurs fans dreading tomorrow's Hobson's choice - supporting a German team winning the Champions League in order to ensure the Lillywhites qualify for next season's competition - there is unexpected relief.

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Feeling guilty about supporting Bayern Munich against Chelsea? Don’t be

By David Winner, May 17, 2012

Since football is tribal our allegiance for the 1999 European Cup final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich was clear. I was an Arsenal fan and my Israeli friend supported Liverpool, so we were both cheering the Bavarians.

Only my friend's daughter was puzzled: "Daddy, why do we want the Germans to win?" He thought for a moment: "For Jewish reasons!"

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Hitler's hub became my happy new home

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

Leaving the UK for my year abroad in Germany, I knew relatively little about the area where I would be living.

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