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House passes bill protecting circumcision, ritual slaughter

Bill broadens definition of 'violations of religious freedom' to include bris milah, shechita - and atheism.Ron Kampeas, 5/18/2016, 9:39 PM

Europe Overrules Recommended Circumcision Ban

Thanks to joint Jewish-Muslim rallying, European Council has decided not to recommend a ban on circumcision.Moshe Cohen, 10/1/2015, 10:54 AM

Chief Rabbi Blasts Ruling Favoring Brit-Refuser Mom

President of of the Great Rabbinical Court, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, says secular courts are eroding religious courts' authority.Haim Lev, Gil Ronen, 6/30/2014, 7:55 AM

High Court Allows Mother to Refuse Son's Circumcision

In precedent-setting ruling, Court says Rabbinical Court can't force circumcision if one parent objects.Nir Har Zahav, 6/29/2014, 9:49 PM

Turkish Governor Resigns over 'Ottoman Circumcision'

Watch lavish Muslim circumcision for 'Ottoman prince' son of Turkish governor in sultan's tomb.Ari Yashar, 5/30/2014, 2:57 PM

Rabbinic Court Cannot Decide on Circumcision

A rabbinic court overstepped its bounds when it ruled in parents’ circumcision battle, Attorney General says.Maayana Miskin, 3/6/2014, 2:58 PM

Bennett: Haaretz is Anti-Jewish

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett attacked the Haaretz newspaper, saying that it published only negative reports about JudaismDavid Lev, 12/23/2013, 7:57 PM

Norway FM Assures Circumcision Ban Will Not Happen

FM Brende reassures Simon Wiesenthal Center, which is concerned over a proposed ban on ritual circumcision.Ari Yashar, 11/25/2013, 1:44 PM

Moving Brit Milah on the Ruins of Homesh

Limor Har Melech, who lost her husband in a 2003 terror attack and remarried, had her baby circumcised on the ruins of Homesh.Arutz Sheva North America, 11/15/2013, 9:37 PM

Rabbi: Norway's Circumcision Ban is Jewish Exclusion

Rabbi Margolin, General Director of EJA, calls Norway's proposed circumcision ban nothing more than 'Jewish exclusion.'Ari Yashar, 11/13/2013, 4:19 PM

Canada: Quebec Politician Calls to Ban Circumcision

Leading candidate of the Quebec Separatist Party calls to remove the word 'Jewish' from the Jewish Hospital of Montreal, ban circumcision.Dalit Halevy, Tova Dvorin, 11/12/2013, 2:25 PM

Council of Europe: There's Nothing Illegal About Circumcision

Council of Europe head responds to President Shimon Peres's letter, assures him there's no law banning male circumcision.Elad Benari, 10/10/2013, 3:15 AM

European Council Calls for Circumcision Ban

The European Council calls circumcision of children a violation of human rights, calls for legal ban until age 15.Maayana Miskin, 10/3/2013, 11:18 AM

Baby Dies after Post-Brit Complications

Doctors tells Rabbinate that the complications resulted from a preexisting condition.Gil Ronen, 6/7/2013, 1:02 PM

Norwegian Cartoon Depicts Circumcision as a Demonic Ritual

Jewish group considers taking legal action over a cartoon in a Norwegian paper that depicts circumcision as a bloodthirsty ritual.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/29/2013, 10:12 PM

Berlin Rabbi Investigated for 'Metzitzah' During Circumcision

Berlin's Chabad rabbi investigated for metzitzah b’peh ritual during his son's circumcision. RCE: We fully support him.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/22/2013, 2:45 AM

German Court Drops Charges Against 'Offending' Mohel

A German court on Thursday dismissed all charges against a rabbi for his role in the circumcision of a Jewish infant. Arutz Sheva staff, 2/25/2013, 9:37 AM

New York Court Upholds 'Metzizah' Injunction

New York City court approves directive that consent form must be signed before “metzizah be'peh” stage of the Jewish bris is performed.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/13/2013, 4:52 AM

German Candidate Sanctioned Following Circumcision Remarks

German party urged to withdraw candidate from state election after he used expletive language to describe Jews who practice circumcision.Rachel Hirshfeld , 1/1/2013, 9:13 AM

German Ruling 'Milestone' in Religious Freedom

Jewish groups have praised the decision by the German Parliament to allow religious circumcision.Rachel Hirshfeld, 12/13/2012, 7:27 PM

Merkel to German Jews: Respecting Circumcision is Fundamental

Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to ease the concerns of Germany's Jews over a disputed ruling against circumcision.Elad Benari, 11/26/2012, 3:12 AM

Sandy Postpones 'Metziaza Be'Peh' Hearing, Injunction Extended

Manhattan court postpones hearing against new requirement that parents sign a consent form before brit procedure.David Lev, 11/11/2012, 5:05 PM

New York City Sued Over Circumcision Laws

A new lawsuit is brought against the city of NYC against the banning of metzitza b'pe.Scott Krane, New York, 10/12/2012, 3:07 PM

German Cabinet Agrees to Protect Circumcision

The German cabinet has agreed to make sure religious circumcision remains legal following a court ruling earlier this year banning it. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 10/10/2012, 3:08 PM

New Proposed German Law Okays Ritual Circumcision

A new proposed German law is set to approve ritual circumcision, hopefully ending the threat to the custom practiced by Jews and Muslims. Hana Levi Julian, 9/27/2012, 1:34 PM

Jews and Muslims Protest Over Circumcision in Berlin

Jews and Muslims gather in Berlin to demonstrate against a controversial circumcision court ruling.Elad Benari, 9/10/2012, 6:15 AM

Berlin Allows Circumcision but Bans 'Mohels'

Berlin has made new laws for people who want to circumcise their sons – and traditional Jewish mohels don't meet criteria.Hana Levi Julian and AFP, 9/5/2012, 3:27 PM

Rabbis: Health Dept. 'Spread Lies' About 'Metzizah Be'Peh'

A group of rabbis said they would ignore a proposed law that would mandate that parents sign a consent form to perform metzitzah b'peh.Rachel Hirshfeld , 9/5/2012, 1:15 AM

Jews and Muslims Unite in Fight for Religious Freedom in Europe

Jewish and Muslim religious leaders from 18 European countries will gather in Paris to discuss increasing religious prohibitions in Europe. Rachel Hirshfeld , 9/3/2012, 1:32 PM

German Rabbinical College Warns Against Wearing Kippot in Public

A rabbinical college in Germany has warned its students against wearing kippot, after a rabbi was attacked by four Arab youths last week. Rachel Hirshfeld , 9/2/2012, 12:01 PM

Merkel 'Acting Vigorously' on Brit Tussle

German Chancellor tells Jewish leader freedom of religion is "undoubtable" part of German democracy.Gil Ronen, 8/26/2012, 8:42 PM

Circumcision Still Occurring in Germany, Local Rabbi Assures

Rabbi Uri Gamson of Germany says local Jews are continuing their regular routine, despite attempts to ban circumcision in the country.Elad Benari, 8/24/2012, 5:12 AM

Jews Outraged as Circumcision Issue Hits Denmark

A former Jew in Denmark said that circumcision is a ritual in which 'black-clad men' mutilate a baby. Local Jews outraged.Elad Benari, 8/24/2012, 2:13 AM

Peres: Brit is Central to Judaism

President tells German counterpart he believes Berlin will defend Jews' right to their tradition.Gil Ronen, 8/23/2012, 7:18 PM

Jews Being Targeted in Germany?

Interior Minister and Head of Shas, Eli Yishai, sent a letter to Chancellor Merkel asking her to intervene on circumcision legislation.Gideon Israel, 8/23/2012, 12:40 AM

Rabbi Metzger: German Circumcision Judge Was Naïve – or Silly

The German judge who ruled that circumcision is a criminal act was naïve, and perhaps even silly, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/22/2012, 10:28 AM

German Rabbi Sued for Performing Circumcision

A doctor sues a German rabbi in the city of Hof for performing a circumcision on a baby and “physically harming” him.Elad Benari, 8/22/2012, 2:13 AM

Rabbi Metzger to Address German Officials Over Circumcision

Following controversy regarding circumcision in Germany, Israel’s Chief Rabbi will work to accelerate local legislation on the issue.Elad Benari, 8/21/2012, 3:12 AM

US Congressmen Call to Protect Right to Circumcise

20 Congressmen express ‘deep concern’ over threat to circumcision in Germany, call to protect religious circumcision by law.Maayana Miskin, 8/14/2012, 6:19 PM

Swiss Hospital Lifts Ban on Circumcision

A Swiss hospital said it is lifting the ban on circumcision that had been imposed following a controversial ruling by a German court.Rachel Hirshfeld , 8/12/2012, 10:51 AM

Austrian Justice Ministry Okays Circumcision

Austria's Justice Minister says doctors are legally allowed to perform circumcisions, after a local governor instructs to stop them.Elad Benari, 7/31/2012, 12:14 AM

Wiesenthal Center Urges Swiss Government to Protect Circumcision

The Wiesenthal center urged the Swiss government to protect the religious rite of circumcision.Rachel Hirshfeld , 7/27/2012, 1:12 AM

Austrian Governor Bans Religious Circumcision

A ban on non-medical circumcision by a regional court in Germany, has prompted a governor in western Austria to follow suit.Gabe Kahn, 7/24/2012, 10:30 PM

Swiss Hospitals Ban Circumcision

Two Swiss hospitals have banned circumcision, ignoring a German resolution protecting the Jewish rite after a court ruled it illegal. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 7/23/2012, 1:18 PM

Brit Mila and Secular Intolerance in Germany

The Cologne court's decision, though being countered by a German government resolution, made it clear that traditional Judaism is not welcome in the country that once exterminated millions of European Jews. Kevin Zdiara, 7/20/2012, 10:17 AM

German Parliament Passes Resolution Protecting Circumcision

Germany's lower house of parliament passes a resolution to protect the religious circumcision of infant boys.Elad Benari, 7/20/2012, 5:12 AM

Israel's Envoy to Germany Welcomes Action on Circumcision

Israel's ambassador to Germany welcomes plans by the German parliament to pass a resolution protecting the right to religious circumcision.Elad Benari, 7/19/2012, 5:12 AM

Merkel: Brit Ban would Make Us 'Laughing Stock'

Chancellor warns that criminalizing circumcision would make Germans "a laughing stock among nations.”Gil Ronen, 7/17/2012, 3:29 PM

German Government Promises to Legally Protect Circumcision

The German government pledges quick action to protect the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcise baby boys.Elad Benari, Canada, 7/14/2012, 12:13 AM

Muslims and Jews Join to Fight German Circumcision Ban

Muslims and Jews, normally not allies, have banded together to ask the German parliament to overrule the court ban on circumcision. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 7/11/2012, 11:50 AM

Video: Tzohar Presents 'User-Friendly Circumcision'

The Tzohar Rabbinic Organization has launched a new effort to assist parents circumcising their sons according to Jewish law.Yoni Kempinski, 7/11/2012, 7:30 AM

Berlin Hospital Suspends Circumcisions

Berlin’s Jewish Hospital has suspended circumcisions in the wake of a court ruling that the procedure is a crime punishable by law.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 7/3/2012, 1:44 PM

EJC Calls on Germany to Condemn Ruling Against Circumcision

The European Jewish Congress has called on the German government to stand against a regional court decision to criminalize circumcision.Hana Levi Julian, 7/1/2012, 4:16 PM

German FM: Religious Traditions are Protected in Germany

German Foreign Minister Westerwelle weighs in on a controversial court ruling on circumcision, says Germany protects religious freedom.Elad Benari, Canada, 6/30/2012, 2:10 AM

EJP Outraged Over German Circumcision Ruling

European Jewish Parliament expresses outrage over ruling that circumcision should be considered a physical assault. Elad Benari, 6/29/2012, 12:12 AM

German Jews, Muslims Outraged Over Circumcision Ruling

Jewish and Muslim leaders in Germany condemn a court's decision to outlaw the circumcision of boys.Elad Benari, 6/28/2012, 6:42 AM

War on Circumcision Spreads to Germany, Norway

A German court has ruled that circumcision is a criminal offense, and a Norwegian political party wants to outlaw the religious practice.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 6/26/2012, 6:53 PM