German Justice Ministry plans circumcision law

BERLIN – After meeting with Germany’s federal justice minister on Wednesday, leaders of the Simon Wiesenthal Center told The Jerusalem Post that the outlines of a new German law appear to be an “encouraging” step toward remedying the ongoing criminalization of male circumcision in the Federal Republic.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the center’s associate dean, and Dr. Shimon Samuels, the center’s director for international relations, held a meeting with Minister Sabine Leutheusser- Schnarrenberger and her legal task force, which has been charged with drafting a new law to counter the circumcision ban. The minister told the center representatives that Germany is doing its best to “remove the uncertainty” surrounding the practice.
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