web analytics
September 19, 2014 / 24 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Shocking German Ruling May Lead to ‘Circumcision Tourism’

F090617AS01

Photo Credit: Abir Sultan/Flash90

Representatives of the Jewish and Muslim religious communities called the ruling of a judge at a Cologne court banning religious circumcision insensitive and discriminatory, and an attack on centuries of religious tradition.

But Holm Putzke, a professor of penology – the study of the punishment of crime – from the University of Passau, told DPA that the ruling set a legal precedent and a warning.

He noted that while politicians are afraid to deal with the issue, “the court did not allow itself to be scared off by charges of anti-Semitism or religious intolerance.”

Head of the Religious Community of Islam in Germany Ali Demir said he found the ruling ” adversarial to the cause of integration and discriminatory against all the parties concerned.”

Demir also predicted that a ban on circumcisions in Germany would lead to the development of “circumcision tourism in neighboring countries in Europe.”

President of Germany’s Central Council of Jews Dieter Graumann aid it was “an egregious and insensitive measure, an unprecedented and dramatic intervention in religious communities’ right of determination.”

According to the Mail and Guardian, the Cologne court weighed three articles from the basic law: the rights of parents, freedom of religious practice and the right of the child to physical integrity. It concluded that a circumcision, “even when done properly by a doctor with the permission of the parents, should be considered as bodily harm if it is carried out on a boy unable to give his own consent.”

It ruled the child’s body would be “permanently and irreparably changed”, and that this alteration went “against the interests of a child to decide for himself later on to what religion he wishes to belong”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director responded: “The decision by a district court in Cologne, Germany, to deem non-medical circumcision a crime places an intolerable burden on the free exercise of religion by Jews and also by Muslims who practice male circumcision as part of their religious faith.

“We support the call by the Central Council of Jews in Germany for the German parliament to quickly pass legislation specifically protecting circumcision as a religious practice. Germany’s commitment to religious freedom requires nothing less.”

Foxman concluded with a warning that “while the ruling by the court in Cologne does not appear to have anti-Semitic intent, its effect is to say ‘Jews are not welcome.””

The Jewish Press, which was the first Jewish news website to run this as a major story, was inundated with reader comments and a battle of pro- and anti-circumcision opinions was raging here overnight. For the most part, though, the debate was conducted in a civilized manner, except for one Facebook visitor who threatened to stab to death the next mohel he met. Otherwise, everybody behaved.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

4 Responses to “Shocking German Ruling May Lead to ‘Circumcision Tourism’”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I'm gentile. This is an integral part of the Islamic and Jewish faith. To ban it for them, will mean something is coming worse for me. All religious people should support each other's basic rights. The alternative is chilling.

  2. Israel, the only answer! Come for the circumcision, stay for the Kadusha!

  3. I had used term racist Zionist mistakingly because Zionism is for peace not racism. but meant that I didn’t like how the author flatly used term goy so negative when their are many righteous Gentiles I know and we know and the author has to be more sensitive in his reporting

  4. ‘ הקול קול יעקוב ׳. Everyone say psalm 20 and ask Hashem to send us Moshiach now. The land of israel isn’t a salvation 100 percent with out the Beis hamikdash and only Moshiach will gather the exiled in the full sense. Petitions are bandaids, re read parsha balak and learn what the real defense of Judaism are; Torah and Mitzvos, prayer etc. collective prayer would be a good idea on this matter. The guardian of israel neither slumbers or sleeps so Jews in Germany you will do bris Mila
    Anyways like your forefathers because you fear the true Judge of the world, not some
    Ignorant anti Semite. Hold strong and dont give in. Moshiach now! Amen.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Sen. Ted Cruz acts senate for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act. Sept. 18, 2014.
Ds Reject Voting to Strip Citizenship From US Jihadi ISIS Volunteers
Latest News Stories

Terrorists from Shuafat Refugee Camp opened fire at a home in Pisgat Ze’ev…

Iron Dome Missile Defense System protecting parts of southern Israel.

Defense official do not believe Hamas will actually begin shooting rockets at Israel over the next week or two.

Sen. Ted Cruz acts senate for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act. Sept. 18, 2014.

Cruz sought but failed to obtain senate’s unanimous consent to pass Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014.

Terror tunnel work accident leaves 1 terrorist dead.

The world’s oldest known Jewish prayer book, or siddur, was displayed for the first time to the general public at the Bible Lands Museum.

The cabinet is set to vote on the path of the security fence which would cut off Gush Etzion from Jerusalem as well as be a major eyesore.

UK Muslims are calling on ISIS to release British aid volunteer Alan Henning, whose life is now threatened by the group.

Border Police officers blocked an axe-toting Arab man from carrying out a terror attack near Jerusalem.

A Code Red incoming rocket alert was sounded for Gaza Belt and Ashkelon Coastal communities.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says former Pres. Bill Clinton is wrong about PM Netanyahu.

A massive sting operation hauled in 15 suspects and foiled a plot by ISIS to hold a public beheading in Australia.

A 3-hour strike at Ben Gurion International Airport at check-in counters has delayed thousands.

Have you seen Menachem Bodner’s twin brother Jeno, or Jolli Gottesman? He’s out there.

Iran scorns as “ridiculous” a US-led anti-ISIS coalition without boots on the ground.

A prison inmate on death row in Connecticut is demanding kosher food, though he’s not really Jewish.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/german-ruling-shocks-jews-muslims-may-lead-to-circumcision-tourism/2012/06/28/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: