The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday condemned as an "intolerable burden" a German court's decision to penalize male circumcision.

"Circumcision of newborn male children is a core religious rite of Judaism, practiced by Jews around the world," the ADL said. "The decision by a district court in Cologne, Germany, to deem non-medical circumcision a crime places an intolerable burden on the free exercise of religion by Jews and also by Muslims who practice male circumcision as part of their religious faith."

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The ADL added that it does not believe the court had anti-Semitic intent, but that the outcome of the ruling would effectively send an unwelcoming message to Jews.

The organization further stated that the ruling would prove a "devastating blow to the future of the Jewish community [in Germany.]"