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Britons in Suspense over Possibility of a ‘Royal Circumcision’

King George I started circumcising newly-born princes 250 years ago, Princess Diana rejected the idea. Britain now wonders if Kate and William will or won't. One thing for sure, it won’t be a Brit Mila.
The Duchess of Cambridge is not Jewish, and neither is the new royal baby. But will he be circumcised?

The Duchess of Cambridge is not Jewish, and neither is the new royal baby. But will he be circumcised?
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King George started circumcising newly-born princes 150 years ago, Princess Diana rejected the idea. Britain now wonders if Kate and William will or not. One thing for sure, it won’t be a Brit Mila.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, once known as Prince William and Kate Middleton, are keeping Britain in suspense over whether they will circumcise their new baby boy, Prince George Alexander Louis.

Most British royalty have adopted the practice of circumcision as a matter of status, even since King George I adopted it 250 years ago.

Queen Victoria might have wanted to adopt the practice of circumcision because she “basically got it into her head that her children were the sons of David,” British pediatrician and author Dr. Harvey Karp told the Huffington Post.

A rabbi circumcised  Prince Charles in 1948, and Princes Andrew and Edward also were also circumcised.

Most British royalty have adopted the practice of circumcision as a matter of status. After all, not doing so might be disrespectful to the legend of King George but the rebellious Princess Diana reportedly refused to continue the practice, which may affect the Duke and Duchess’ decision.

“It’s very unlikely we’re going to be seeing [circumcision] this time around,” Dr. Karp said,  but added that if the little prince is circumcised, it could spark a fad, which he said  everyone will start calling “the Prince George.”

The issue at first glance seems totally banal. What difference does it make, especially to Jews, if they bring in a mohel for the king-to-be?

Considering the anti-Semitic campaign around the world to prohibit circumcision as some kind of barbaric mutilation that violates the human rights of a baby who has no freedom to choose, the royal decision could have affect the war on the Jewish rite, also practiced by most Muslims.

Tons of research, which has shown that circumcision not only is not dangerous or unhealthy but often can help the health of a child have, hampered the anti-circumcision crowd.

They have been forced to resort to the “free choice” argument, which makes their movement look even more absurd than it is.

Britons who are not Jewish or Muslim have showed less interest n circumcising their children in recent decades.

Maurice Levenson, the secretary of the Initiation Society, an Anglo-Jewish organization that represents about 55 mohels, told the London Telegraph, “The great majority of the enquiries we receive come from those of the Jewish faith, Muslims, Afro-Caribbeans and Americans, where circumcision remains popular.”

False reports that Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, is Jewish still are floating, partly because her mother’s maiden name was “Goldsmith.” Jewish-sounding or not, she was  Christian, scotching the idea that the new prince might be Britain’s first Jewish king.

That  does not mean he cannot be circumcised.

It will cost the royal family about $1,100, not including wine and herring,  to circumcision the prince at the Portland Hospital’s private maternity ward, where he was born. The ward, by the way, is named the Lindo Wing after a Jewish donor, but that won’t cut the mustard for anyone trying to claim he is a Yid.

Presumably, Buckingham Palace has the shekels to afford the circumcision.

But no has asked the real question that should be on everyone’s minds: If Prince George Alexander Louis is circumcised, where the ceremony include Metzizah b’peh?

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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48 Responses to “Britons in Suspense over Possibility of a ‘Royal Circumcision’”

  1. Brother K says:

    Friends, you can see by the hysterical tone of this pro-circumcision screed that the circumcision fanatics don't yet understand that cutting a baby boy's genitals is just as damaging as cutting a baby girl's, and that if cutting a baby girl's genitals is a crime, which it is, then the corollary is true as well. Baby circumcision of either sex is a criminal assault on a child, no matter how it's disguised with rhetoric — medicine, cosmetic, conformity, religion — and the people who want YOUR son circumcised are pushing this bizarre story about the new prince.

  2. Jacklyn Rymer says:

    I think he will be as strong as his mother on the issue. He obviously isn't hurt by being normal ;)

  3. Kelli Blunden says:

    I really hope that Kate has the balls that Diana did and protects her son from all harm – especially this torturous bull****, this is one time I wouldn't mind hearing 'we wanted him to look like his Daddy'…..

  4. Brother K says:

    Circumcision is such an old-fashioned & superstitious practice that some of its proponents are twisting themselves into pretzels to get a "positive" story about it in the public's mind. The headline says it all, lol, "Britons in suspense" No one in the UK gives a hoot because there isn't a chance in hell the Royal Family will perform this barbaric cruelty on their precious son. Not. A. Chance. Take that to the bank.

  5. Juan Andrés Alzate says:

    “It’s very unlikely we’re going to be seeing [circumcision] this time around,” Dr. Karp said, but added that if the little prince is circumcised, it could spark a fad, which he said everyone will start calling “the Prince George.” …

    Considering the anti-Semitic campaign around the world to prohibit circumcision as some kind of barbaric mutilation that violates the human rights of a baby who has no freedom to choose, the royal decision could have affect the war on the Jewish rite, also practiced by most Muslims.

    Is this why the Jewish press is on with this topic, as well as MSNBC? To distract people from the mutilation aspect of this forced procedure and make it look glamorous? To reinforce secular circumcision in the U.S. and Africa?

  6. Jessica Weismiller Babuik says:

    How is it not harmful when babies die and are permanently disfigured everyday due to botched circumcisions. There is nothing wrong with his whole body why risk it to look a certain way.

  7. Mike Rudy says:

    Any father who would allow the procedure to be done to his OWN son, who would KNEEL before social pressure, is NOT fit to be KING.

  8. Kìmbėrly MrsAlvarado Tobė Lėonard says:

    http://9davids.blogspot.com/2010/11/50-reasons-to-leave-it-alone.html?m=1 PLEASE read this Attn:The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge PLEASE remember that while wearing Princess Dianas ring that you will be reminded of the choices she made dispite what everyone said or how they felt she Choose to let her sons have their Diginity & Genital integrity -it's your sons body & HIS choice ♥

  9. Larissa Skinforce Black says:

    They seem like sensible people. I think they know better than to put their son in harm's way.

  10. Melissa Pilgrim says:

    Disgusting!

  11. Charisma Langford says:

    Oh god I hope not.

  12. Joseph Francis says:

    In civilized society's forced genital mutilation's are considered despicable. The people who want and need this newborn boy's penis mutilated should realize what circumfetish pedophiles they are. It's not the royal family's penis it's HIS penis HIS reproductive organ. Would we talk about a girl's vagina like this? People are monsters.

  13. Nat Jones says:

    They won't mutilate their child's genitals, they're better than that.

  14. Janet Burke says:

    Actually feel sick after reading that!

  15. Lee Pagnini says:

    Jessica, did you read paragraph ten?

  16. Lee Pagnini says:

    Jessica, did you read paragraph ten?

  17. Fred Frednik says:

    Circumcision prevents types of cancer. Prince Charles had the same mohel I had – so we have something to discuss if we ever meet.

  18. Fred Frednik says:

    Hey! where did you get your mis- information from? There is absolutly no statistics to support your claim. On the contrary, circumcision is recommended as a healthful practice.

  19. I think circumcision is much more hygienic and the baby will thank his parents later on in life.

  20. Tyranny Despertarse says:

    its more hygienic to have a wound cover in feces and piss? please educate yourself

  21. Child abuse, is child abuse, is child abuse. I doesn't matter if you are Jewish, Muslim, or Christian or a practicing Aztec. Every child regardless of what his parents believe has the basic human right to bodily autonomy. Men do not die from foreskin. Children do die from being circumcised. Circumcision is child abuse. If you don't believe that you are living in a fortress of denial. Our children are not our property. They deserve our protection not the generational abuse of circumcision.

  22. Circumcision was also in Austria before WWII.

  23. Karen Kennedy says:

    sorry, if it actually had health benefits then every medical society in the world would be recommending it. fun fact: NONE do. Instead, most of the world understands that, for both sexes alike, the foreskin has unique protective, immunological, and sensory functions that are irreparably lost when the foreskin is amputated.

  24. Jeff Cowsert says:

    “Considering the anti-Semitic campaign around the world to prohibit circumcision as some kind of barbaric mutilation that violates the human rights of a baby who has no freedom to choose”. Other than the Anti-Semitic part, your claim is dead on the nail. You described what circumcision really is.

    “Where (will) the ceremony include Metzizah b’peh?” You have the nerve to make a joke about sucking the penis of this child. Do you draw straws to see who the winner will be when you schedule a Metzizah? You still have the nerve to do this after killing 3, brain damaging others and leaving 10 with a lifelong venereal disease?

    Not dangerous? See above! Not dangerous? One of your Mohels killed an 8 day old last week that stopped breathing during his mutilation. It was written off as “he had an existing condition”. In other words, just a casualty of the necessity to mutilate your children as an initiation into the religion that you forced the child to be physically branded.

    This article, your jokes, the topic of forcing cirucmcision onto children and your twisted desire to see this newborn child mutilated for your satisfaction is truly disgusting.

  25. Jeff Cowsert says:

    So you think a child is supposed to be grateful and thank his parents for the permanent amputation of a functional part of his reproductive system. What if he isn't thankful, can the parents put it back? Quite a roll of the dice, don't you agree?

  26. Leave the Prince and all other boys alone!

  27. Jeff Cowsert says:

    Keeping mind that even a circumcision that ends with expected results is a disfigurement and a botch job.

  28. Hugh Intactive says:

    Yes, and it's nonsense. The AAP is alone in the world in even thinking infant circumcising is at all better than doing nothing. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/03/12/peds.2012-2896

  29. Hugh Intactive says:

    Here are contact details for more than 100 celebrants, a majority of them rabbis, of Brit Shalom http://tinyurl.com/britshalom

  30. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    great new's! Let's pray that George is circumcised! shalom.

  31. Yechiel Baum says:

    With circumsion being the leathiest for males, who needs the anti-Semtic royal family have an extended life!

  32. Brian Morris says:

    William and Harry are almost certainly circumcised (Dianna acceded to Royal tradition despite her initial reluctance). It is likely that Prince George is already as well, or soon will be. The new family has not been seen in the week after they left the hospital where the birth took place.
    EVIDENCE-BASED policy statements all support infant male circumcision. The most recent is that by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Canadian Paediatric Association's policy will appear soon and the CPA has repeatedly said it's new policy will similar to the affirmative 2012 policy of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Circumcision Foundation of Australia was the first to produce an evidence-based policy (in early 2012 published in a peer-reviewed preventive health journal). This effectively ridiculed the 2010 RACP statement which is not evidence-based. Older statements by the BMA, Dutch, etc are based on prejudice and ignorance since they ignore ignore the vast body of medical literature that overwhelmingly shows benefits vastly exceed risks, and that there is no adverse effect on sexual function, sensitivity, sexual sensation or pleasure in adolescence and adulthood). For an expose of the RACP's erroneous policy read the following article in one of the RACP's own journals (and where the RACP's 2010 policy was a web posting, not a peer-reviewed journal publication:

    http://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.ezproxy2.library.usyd.edu.au/pubmed/?term=morris+bj+2012+australiasian

    Intern Med J. 2012 Jul;42(7):822-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02823.x.

    **The 2010 Royal Australasian College of Physicians' policy statement.
    'Circumcision of infant males' is not evidence based.**.

    Morris BJ, Wodak AD, Mindel A, Schrieber L, Duggan KA, Dilley A, Willcourt RJ, Lowy M, Cooper DA. School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute, The University of Sydney, NSW, and other professional institutions in Australia.

    Abstract
    Infant male circumcision (MC) is an important issue guided by Royal.
    Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) policy. Here we analytically review the RACP's 2010 policy statement 'Circumcision of infant males'. Comprehensive evaluation in the context of published research was used. We find that the Statement is not a fair and balanced representation of the literature on MC. It ignores, downplays, obfuscates or misrepresents the considerable evidence attesting to the strong protection MC affords against childhood urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections (human immunodeficiency virus,
    human papilloma virus, herpes simplex virus type 2, trichomonas and genital ulcer disease), thrush, inferior penile hygiene, phimosis, balanoposthitis and penile cancer, and in women protection against human papilloma virus, herpes simplex virus type 2, bacterial vaginosis and cervical cancer. The Statement exaggerates the complication rate. Assertions that 'the foreskin has a functional role' and 'is a primary sensory part of the penis' are not supported by research, including randomised controlled trials. Instead of citing these and meta-analyses, the Statement selectively cites poor quality studies. Its claim, without support from a literature-based risk-benefit analysis, that the currently available evidence does 'not warrant routine infant circumcision in.
    Australia and New Zealand' is misleading. The Statement fails to explain that performing MC in the neonatal period using local anaesthesia maximises benefits, safety, convenience and cost savings. Because the RACP's policy statement is not a fair and balanced representation of the current literature, it should not be used to guide policy. In the interests of public health and individual well-being, an extensive, comprehensive, balanced review of the scientific literature and a risk-benefit analysis should be conducted to formulate policy. © 2012 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2012 Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

    See also:
    http://www.circinfo.net
    http:www.circumcisionaustralia.org

  33. Lets hope it will be a personal decision that the rest of the world does not need to know.

  34. Britons are not in suspense-but apparently Jewish media outlets are. The Brits don't circumcise and wouldn't expect the George to be. Diana put an end to that crazy period. She had the sense to recognize cutting off parts of boys sexual organs as child abuse and a violation of human rights. Time for all children to be protected from genital cutting worldwide!

  35. little baby needs some privacy at list in his body Please hi is an Angel now.

  36. Please show me this tons of research that proves circumcision improves the health of a child. I'll probably be waiting a long time for that.

    Circumcision is unnatural. If we weren't meant to have foreskins we wouldn't be born with them. Period.

  37. "King George started circumcising newly-born princes 150 years ago" Humbug! 150 years ago, Queen Victoria reigned. George I was not on the throne 250 years ago. It was George III. Your so-called history is an urban myth.

  38. The Guardian says:

    I hope they circumcise the prince. It looks better and is healthier for the male. Christ was circumcised. What’s the problem?

  39. From your own article " Tons of research, which has shown that circumcision not only is not dangerous or unhealthy but often can help the health of a child have, hampered the anti-circumcision crowd."

    Hmmmmm I'm not sure you would have posted this link if you read this…

  40. From your own article " Tons of research, which has shown that circumcision not only is not dangerous or unhealthy but often can help the health of a child have, hampered the anti-circumcision crowd."

    Hmmmmm I'm not sure you would have posted this link if you read this…

  41. Larissa Skinforce Black says:

    Steve Walters I didn't post it. It's an article I commented on. Trolling maybe?

  42. Just trying to understand you better. Your page is completely public.

  43. Just trying to understand you better. Your page is completely public.

  44. iDuder says:

    I highly doubt he will be circumcised. That’s a custom popular in the middle east and the US… it’s not a custom in the UK.

  45. I thought u were so against this

  46. nat jones but its ok when its someone royal

  47. Nat Jones says:

    Where does it say I think it's okay?

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