German Jews, Muslims Outraged Over Circumcision Ruling

Jewish and Muslim leaders in Germany were united on Wednesday in their condemnation of a German court’s decision to, in effect, outlaw the circumcision of boys.

The British Guardian reported that representatives of the two religious communities called the ruling insensitive and discriminatory, saying it was an attack on centuries of religious tradition.

On Tuesday, a court in Cologne ruled that non-medical circumcision, practiced by most Jews and Muslims, causes bodily harm and therefore is a crime.

The practice is a “serious and irreversible interference in the integrity of the human body,” the Cologne district court decided.

The ruling involved the case of a Muslim doctor who performed a circumcision on a four-year-old boy, who later suffered bleeding and was taken to a hospital emergency room. The decision is likely to be appealed to the Federal Constitutional Court.


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