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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.

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Gunter Grass praises whistleblower Vanunu in new poem on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 30, 2012

German poet Gunter Grass has written another poem attacking the Jewish state and praising nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.

The verse is included in a new compilation of his work published this weekend in Germany, and is called “Hero of our days”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The couple defying Munich’s Nazi legacy with meatballs and dumplings

By Monica Porter, September 6, 2012

Of all the cities in which a Jewish Holocaust survivor might choose to open a restaurant, a mere 15 years after the end of the Second World War, Munich, birthplace of the Nazi movement, would be the least appealing option. At least, you would think so.

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Fortieth anniversary of Munich Olympics massacre marked

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2012

The Foreign Secretary has paid tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes and the policeman killed in the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics, 40 years ago today.

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Berlin rabbi hospitalised in hate attack

By JC Reporter, August 30, 2012

Four youths assaulted a rabbi and threatened to kill his six-year-old daughter in the Schöneberg district of Berlin this week.

According to reports, one of the four young assailants blocked the rabbi’s path while the three others stood behind him and his daughter. The man obstructing the rabbi suddenly hit the rabbi repeatedly, injuring his head.

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Germany may ban far-right party

By Toby Axelrod, August 30, 2012

Police raids on neo-Nazi groups in Germany last week could boost efforts to ban the country’s biggest far-right party.

The raids turned up incriminating material including 1,000 election posters for the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), which has an estimated 7,000 registered members.

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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.

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