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Brit Milah Illegal in Germany?

Jun 29, 2012 at 07:38:00 AM

Brit Milah has been the hallmark of Jewish identification for millennia. This issue was particularly relevant in Nazi Germany when men were often made to strip down to determine their Jewish identity.

The point was made quite powerfully in a movie called "Europa Europa," the true story about a young Jewish boy trying to escape detection by the Nazis. The boy resembles an Aryan and speaks German fluently, so he poses as a non-Jew and is eventually recruited into an elite training program for the next generation of SS officers. Only his circumcision, which he couldn't hide, kept him Jewish. The man survived the war, and made a new life for himself in Israel. Instead, he may have ended up becoming a Nazi officer. It all depended on the Bris.

That's why so many are shocked at the ruling this week by a German court that renders religious circumcisions performed by Jews and Muslims a crime. Germany is home to an estimated 4 million Muslims and 100,000 Jews.

According to a report in Germany's Financial Times, the Cologne District Court declared circumcision is a "serious and irreversible interference in the integrity of the human body." The court also ruled that freedom of religion and the rights of parents cannot justify the practice.

Published: June 29, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) ilyas abasi, July 23, 2012 1:06 PM

Religious freedom

It should be people's own choice.

(6) Steve, July 3, 2012 1:29 PM

I find the comments interesting because it shows no one actually read about the ruling! The ruling had NOTHING to do with Judaism. It was about a MUSLIM circumcision of a 4 year old that went bad. The ER doctor notified the authorities when treating the boy for bleeding. The fact the the MD called the police to report a bad circumcision is suspect enough for me. But ut was probably origininally an anti-muslim thing.

(5) Anonymous, July 1, 2012 7:37 PM

At the moment it is only valid in the city of Cologne, but many fear, it will be taken as an example for future rulings, too. Some hospitals have already decided to suspend surgeries until the matter is clearer. All are waiting for the German parliament and the federal court to overturn the ruling. It truly sounds unbelievable!

(4) Anonymous, July 1, 2012 6:11 PM

The Germans should WANT Bris Mila!

I am surprised at the court ruling. Of course, the Germans, like the Arabs, look for any opportunity to afflict the Jews -- but here, the Germans are working against their own best interest. By forbidding Bris Mila, how are they going to recognize Jews who are trying to hide during their next holocaust?

(3) Darryl, July 1, 2012 4:19 PM

It is getting troublesom

I think they're trying to make the Muslims assmulate more and easier. The Jews being affected is just a happy by product for the Europeans.

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