European Jews: 'We Will Pay All Legal Fees of German Mohel'
The Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) has mobilized European Jews to gather in support of Rabbi David Goldberg, the first rabbi to face criminal charges after performing a ritual circumcision, and said that they “will donate any fees necessary” to cover his legal expenses.
The RCE, an organization representing over 700 Orthodox rabbis from across Europe, said it received an overwhelming number of responses from business executives, Jewish and non-Jewish, who said they will assist in the funding of all necessary legal costs, The European Jewish Press (EJP) reported.
Rabbi Aryeh Goldberg, Deputy Director of the RCE, explained that, "the Jews in Europe feel that this is an struggle against Judaism, on the one hand it makes them angry, and on the other it creates a great deal of sympathy and solidarity in the non-Jewish population."
"This morning we spoke with David and we understood from him that he has yet to receive any notice from the court, and learned about the claim only from media reports and inquiries,” Goldberg added. “Once receives notice from the court we will ensure that he receives the highest levels of legal representation thanks to several European businessmen who announced that they will donate any funds necessary."
Rabbi Goldberg from Hof Saale in Bavaria was sued by a German doctor on Tuesday, for inflicting “physical harm” by circumcising an infant.
Chief prosecutor Gerhard Schmitt confirmed that the complaint was filed, but it has not yet been decided whether legal action will be carried out against the rabbi.
The district court in Cologne recently banned the religious rite of circumcision, outraging Jewish and Muslim communities worldwide.
The practice is a “serious and irreversible interference in the integrity of the human body,” the court decided.
In July, the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued sharp criticism of the ban saying, “Without strong, unequivocal leadership from the top, these initiatives will further embolden anti-Semitism in the mainstream of European society.”