German Green Candidate Quits Over Criticisms of Jews, Muslims

Germany’s Green Party said Monday that a candidate who had described Jews and Muslims as “arseholes” because they practice male circumcision was withdrawing from a state poll.

Ulf Dunkel had come under fire from the national Jewish spokesman over two anti-circumcision poems he published.

One termed those who circumcise their sons “arseholes” and “blind fanatics.” The other included the line: “Sharpen the knife, sing a hymn, cut off the member’s foreskin.”

Male circumcision, which is rarely practiced in Germany on medical grounds, triggered fierce controversy in the run-up to federal legislation, introduced in mid-December, which confirmed that it is legal for parents to arrange for religiously mandated circumcision.


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