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  8/23/2012, Elul 5, 5772

Gafni to Lieberman: Get Involved in Circumcision Fight


Chairman Moshe Gafni of the Knesset Finance Committee said, Thursday, that he intends to approach senior international officials to get involved with German officials regarding a Cologne court decision that has resulted in arrests for Jews who observe the Torah commandment to circumcise their sons eight days after they are born. A statement from the hareidi United Torah Judaism party lawmaker's office said, "The state cannot sit off to the side. The country's officials must act with senior officials in Germany and made clear that Israel will not stand on the sidelines when people are trying to harm the Jews of Europe and their ability to keep the Torah and its commandments."

Gafni's statement followed a Wednesday conversation with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in which he asked for Foreign Ministry intervention. Lieberman told Gafni that the matter is on the Foreign Ministry agenda and that the ministry will deal with the relevant officials.