web analytics
April 20, 2014 / 20 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



US Pediatric Doctor Favors Female Circumcision


Dr. Hatem al-Haj says circumcision is "an honor" for women.

Dr. Hatem al-Haj says circumcision is "an honor" for women.
Photo Credit: Screen shot

Share Button

Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, a senior committee member of the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), has recently published a 41-page Arabic-language paper titled “Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine.”

According to the “Translating Jihad” blog, Dr. al-Haj explains why female circumcision is recommended and even “an honor” for women. This is the practice known as female genital mutilation (FGM).

According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), FGM ” has no health benefits for women,” and causes “severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility, as well as complications in childbirth.”

The Translating Jihad blog was established in 2010 to provide translations of Arabic-language news, opinion, and fatwas related to Islamic intolerance, totalitarianism, and jihad.

According to TJ, Dr. al-Haj, a medical doctor and fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, justifies his position by referring repeatedly to the words of classical Islamic scholars from the four schools of mainstream Sunni Islamic thought, all of which attest to FGM’s legitimacy under Islam. He also refers to the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, who reportedly counseled people in his day on how to perform FGM in a way that would be “more beautiful to behold and better for [the woman's] husband.”

Share Button

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.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

147 Responses to “US Pediatric Doctor Favors Female Circumcision”

  1. ummm…..how about "no"

  2. that's horrible, bro

  3. what benefits?…..that a woman will not be able to enjoy making love? if the prophet(s) recommended that we are to look at a woman before marrying her, i don't see him saying "yeah…look at her….and then after you approve of her….after you think she's beautiful….cut her thingy so she can't enjoy making love"

  4. Aman Wardak says:

    Michael Davis how can you be so sure?

  5. the prophet(s) says that we are not allowed to leave our wife after we have been pleased – meaning that we can't just have an orgasm and then leave her hanging. obviously, she needs her clitoris in order to have such full enjoyment of sex and to reach orgasm. this is why i am sure

  6. Aman Wardak says:

    Michael Davis Ah, I think I see where we're not agreeing: in what circumcision means. It's definitely NOT cutting "her thingy". The circumcision that the Muslim scholars talk about in no way hinders her ability to make love and enjoy her spouse. It's been completely twisted to mean FGM in this article which includes various levels of cutting which are un-Islamic.

  7. Aman Wardak says:

    Michael Davis I agree with you in everything, especially in "she needs her clitoris". And that's not what the scholars say circumcision includes.

  8. what does it include?

  9. i'm not gonna read that. i'm feelin' lazy, right now. can you tell me what it includes?

  10. because they ain't got nothin' to cut other than the clit, i thought. so, please clarify

  11. Jason Maas says:

    Circumcision, male or female does not prevent HIV. The United States has the highest rate of HIV in the developed world. It has also been practicing near universal circumcision for generations. If there was anyplace where circumcision might have worked to lower HIV, it would be the US. Instead, just the opposite has happened. In Europe, meanwhile, where circumcision is rare, HIV is also far lower than in the US. It is no coincidence that those in the WHO are much like the Muslim cleric in this article, using bad science to prop up their superstitious belief in favor of male circumcision.

  12. completely superstitious….has nothing to do with islam – AT ALL.

  13. Aman Wardak says:

    I'm trying to read the original text of Dr. Hatem's paper and it does include the limits of what is allowed to be cut right after where the translator stops in his "excerpted translation". However there are some words there that I can't fathom. In the video, he mentions the clitoris hood only.

  14. funny……removing the clitoris hood will make it easier to excite the clitoris. what's his point, basically? what does he want to accomplish by his idea of circumcision….and….if it's to curb desires, his version, the removal of the clitoris hood, the EXACT opposite of curbing excitement will be accomplished. pretty much, female circumcision has nothing to do with islam……so, if somebody wants to promote it, let them promote it, but not connect it with islam…because there is no connection.

  15. Aman Wardak says:

    Jason Maas Can you point us to your references please?

  16. Aman Wardak says:

    Michael Davis Dr. Hatem has his references in his paper and those show the possible connections.

  17. Aman Wardak says:

    More clarification on the subject:

  18. Aman Wardak says:

    "I don't care what your religion is or why you do it."

    What if the religion says it's for the health of the person? And we have evidence like this to support it:
    http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/malecircumcision/en/index.html

    What do you say then?

  19. Jonathon Conte : Roman Catholicism does not approve of circumcision for non-Jews, but turns a blind eye towards the routine circumcisions of the English speaking world. Catholicism does recognise the book of Genesis as the word of God, and therefore acknowledges that Jewish ritual circumcision is a valid religious imperative. Roman Catholicism for centuries turned a blind towards the antisemites in their midst, which resulted in many Catholics playing a part in the Holocaust. The Church now feels obligated to bend over backwards to curry favour with Jews, and so will defend brit milah. More generally, intactivism won't get much support from religious figures in the USA, for fear of being branded antisemitic. Intactivists in practice range from evangelical Christians to atheists and neopagans.

  20. IT is ghastly and weird that a fellow like this was invited to join the inner circle of the AAP. His involvement in the AAP, along with Edgar Schoen and Douglas Diekema, destroys the AAP's credibility on the subject of routine infant circumcision.

  21. Hugh Intactive says:

    The Who policy was decided at a closed door meeting of unknown participants, but it seems to have included a number of people with some very dodgy associations. In any case, even if its claims are true, circumcision protects only MEN and only from infection by women and then only a little better than tossing a coin to decide whether to have sex. Condoms are still essential in any encounter with a person of unknown HIV status. So unless you expect your son to have a lot of unprotected sex with strange women 15+ years from now, circumcising him now to prevent him getting HIV is a bad policy.

  22. Joseph Lewis says:

    How is this any different than Jewish doctors and/or rabbis claiming "medical benefits" for male circumcision? Funny how the "medical benefits = not mutilation" equation only works for boys but not girls. Let it be clear; this isn't about "medical benefits." There would not be enough "medical benefits" in the world to justify female circumcision. Somehow, circumcision advocates seem to think that the more "studies" and "proof of benefits" they churn out, the more the forced genital cutting of boys is justified. This isn't about "medicine," and it's not about "severity." It's about self-serving willful blindness.

  23. Joseph Lewis says:

    Are babies having crazy sex with multiple sex partners without condoms? 'Fraid even the WHO must admit that circumcision is so ineffective that condoms cannot be overstated. Bottom line is, it should be up to a grown man to decide whether he wants to get cut and risk going bareback, or wear a condom.

  24. Joseph Lewis says:

    First of all, what religion says circumcision is "for the health of the child?" Since when does religion have any relevance in medicine?

    What if a religion says female circumcision is "for her health" too? What would you say then?

    Why does an already healthy child need an operation? Is health simply impossible without it?

    I'm afraid you're seeking a problem for your "solution." For most other surgery, medicine dictates that there must be a medical necessity where surgery is the only option after other solutions have been tried and failed. Your logic is backwards.

  25. Joseph Lewis says:

    Genital mutilation, whether it be wrapped in culture, religion or “research” is still genital mutilation.

    It is mistaken, the belief that the right amount of “science” can be used to legitimize the deliberate violation of basic human rights.

    I'm sure if scientists dig hard enough, if they fooled around with the numbers long enough, they'd be able to produce "studies" in favor of female circumcision, as they have with male circumcision.

    There will never ever be enough "medical benefits" to legitimize any degree of genital cutting in girls; the same should apply to boys.

    This isn't about "medical benefits." This is about insulating cultural practice from scrutiny.

    "It's my religion, it's my culture, I'm the parent" fail as alibis.

    Ergo the feigned interest in public health.

  26. According to Dr Pierre Foldès, the inventor of the restoration of the clitoris, complicatiopns of excision inlcude a 20% DEATH RATE!

  27. Liz Matthews says:

    @Aman, that 'evidence' is faulty…but even if it was true, we can't just chop off children's body parts because it might prevent something later on…where would it end? Should we start removing baby girl's ovaries to prevent the chance of them getting ovarian cancer? Joseph is right, it should be up to a grown man to decide. It is completely wrong to do this to a helpless baby.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
Ukraine Shul Firebombed
Ukrainian Synagogue Firebombed (Video)
Latest News Stories
Naftali Bennett speaking in the Knesset

PA president Abbas, who is about 9 years late for democratic elections, has threatened to dismantle the PA and annul the Oslo Accords. Sounds good to us…

Hamas supporters marching on the Temple Mount, waving Hamas flags.

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and his family’s visit to the Temple Mount was cut short when violent rioting once again broke out on the holy site.

Ukraine Shul Firebombed

Antisemitic attacks have escalated with the firebombing of a synagogue in the Ukraine. Watch the video of the attack…

ancient skull discovered Gush Etzion

A surprised group of hikers stumbled across human bones in a Gush Etzion cave. But what they actually found was even more astounding.

Many Pakistanis consider bin Laden a “hero of Islam.”

Two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program: Allegations by U.S. officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab- and Muslim-Americans seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the United States as tourists and then working illegally.

A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported.

On Friday afternoon, Syrian fighter jets hit opposition/rebel targets and villages on the Syrian side of the Ramat HaGolan (Golan Heights), in the Quneitra region. Large pillars of smoke are seen rising from struck areas. Quneitra is the site of an official crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan. IAF jets were sent out […]

As Rabbi Stav said, “You’re free to think what you want. But do you want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?”

Chimpanzees and Orangutans eat Matza, unleavened bread traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday, at the Ramat Gan Safari on Thursday, April 17, 2014. I hope they can digest it. On Passover no leavened bread (Chametz) is allowed in Jewish possession, and that includes food we feed our animals.

Following intelligence reports of further expected Arab rioting and violence on the Temple Mount today, the police have placed restrictions on Muslim entry to the Jewish holy site, according to a report on Arutz-7. Entry will be limited to Muslims over the age of 50, and women, also they must be Israeli citizens or residency […]

PA President Abbas’s refusal to publicly condemn the terror attack that killed Baruch Mizrachi is putting a damper on the parade.

The Shas political party, founded and run by the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, has a appointed a new spiritual leader, according to a Galei Tzahal report. The rabbi chosen to replace Harav Ovadia and be the new president of the party’s Council of Torah Sages is Rabbi Shalom Cohen. Aryeh Deri is the political leader […]

In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.

Teen stabbed in South Florida high school.

The Kotel Plaza, the stairs, the Kotel entrance, the roads, everything was packed for Birkat Cohanim – the Priestly Blessing of the People – now imagine if this had been held on top of Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount!

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 […]

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/yoris-daily-news-clips/us-pediatric-doctor-favors-female-circumcision/2012/04/30/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: