European Rabbis Honor Angela Merkel

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) has decided to award the 2013 Lord Jakobovits Prize for European Jewry to German Chancellor Angela Merkel following the legislation she led to allow circumcisions in her country.

According to the prize committee, Merkel will receive the award “to mark her strong record of support for the German Jewish community and her outspoken denunciation of anti-Semitism throughout Europe.

“The Conference of European Rabbis will also recognize the chancellor’s decisive action last year when a district court in Cologne ruled that the religious circumcision of a young boy constituted an irreversible and unlawful attack on the child.

“The speed, with which Chancellor Merkel responded to this most urgent matter, first pledging and then delivering an agreeable solution which protected the religious practices of both the Jewish and Muslim communities in Germany, was received with relief and gratitude by faith groups in Germany, Europe and the world.”


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