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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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‘Neo-Nazis’ on trial in Germany

By Anna Sheinman, August 24, 2012

Twenty-six alleged neo-Nazis are standing trial in Koblenz state in Germany. They are accused of attacks on left-wing activists, dating as far back as 2009.

Alleged offences include setting fire to cars, scrawling neo-Nazi graffiti on walls and putting stickers saying “Rudolph Hess Street” over road signs, the Associated Press reported.

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Frankfurt plans prize for boycotter

By Toby Axelrod, August 23, 2012

Should the city of Frankfurt give a prize to someone who actively boycotts Israel? Pro-Israel activists in Germany are saying: no way.

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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.

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Sculpture looted by Nazis returned to rightful owners

By Anna Sheinman, August 17, 2012

A 500-year-old sculpture stolen from a Jewish family by the Nazis was today returned to the heirs of its rightful owners in Germany.

The wooden sculpture of St Peter, depicted wearing a golden cloak, was intended for Adolf Hitler’s "Fuhrermuseum". It is estimated to be one of 560 pieces of art work stolen from Jewish collections for the museum, reported Bloomberg.

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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.

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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.

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Opera star quits Bayreuth over Nazi tattoo

By JC reporter, July 24, 2012

Rising Russian opera star Evgeny Nikitin has pulled out of the lead role in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth opera festival after a German TV programme showed footage of the baritone sporting a Nazi tattoo.

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New hope for heirs of Nazi-seized assets

By Simon Rocker, July 20, 2012

The New York-based Claims Conference, the main international body for distributing Holocaust restitution funds, has bowed to pressure from the Board of Deputies and agreed to allow new claims for compensation for properties seized by the Nazis in East Germany.

Until now, the Conference had resisted calls to reopen the application process to potential heirs after its deadline of 2004.

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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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