Jewish leader, doctors urge circumcision law in Germany

July 15, 2012 22:23

BERLIN- The head of Germany's Jewish community and a leading doctor have urged the government to draw up a new law stating clearly that circumcising boys for religious reasons is legal, following a regional court's ban on the practice.

In June, a court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled in a case involving a Muslim boy who had suffered bleeding after undergoing circumcision that families should wait until their sons are older before going ahead with the operation.

The ruling applies only to the Cologne area, but Jewish and Muslim groups responded angrily, saying it posed a threat to religious freedom in Germany, and Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has vowed to tackle the issue.

"We need a law that makes clear that circumcision is legitimate and legal," Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the weekly Focus magazine.

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