German Rabbi Convicted For Performing Circumcision

A German Rabbi has become the first person to face criminal charges after performing a circumcision. The charges come less than two months after a Cologne court ruled that the religious act causes bodily harm to newborn babies.

Rabbi David Goldberg 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, although it has not yet been decided whether legal action will be carried out against the rabbi.

The new law bans religious circumcisions in Cologne, although medical circumcisions remain legal.

The June court ruling sparked outcry from Muslim and Jewish communities across the world.

The issue originally came about after a Muslim doctor performed a circumcision on a four-year-old boy at his parents’ request.

Two days later, the boy was taken to the hospital after complications arose.

German authorities launched a criminal investigation against the doctor. Although the initial court trial ruled that there was no violation of the law, the prosecutor’s office took the case to the Cologne district court, where religious circumcision was banned.

The ruling says circumcision “for the purpose of religious upbringing constitutes a violation of physical integrity.”

The court decision has sparked a rare show of unity between Jews and Muslims, who see the decision as a threat to religious freedom.

Immediately after the district court ruling, Chancellor Angela Merkel lashed out against it, saying her country risked becoming “a laughing stock” if Jews and Muslims were banned from practicing their rituals.

The issue was taken to the European Parliament where Jewish and Muslim religious leaders met with the European officials in Brussels to complain about what they called “an affront to their basic religious and human rights.”

Muslims circumcise young boys before the age of 7, while Jews perform circumcision rituals on the eighth day after birth.

“Circumcision represents the basis for belonging to the Jewish community. It has been practiced for 4,000 years and cannot be changed,” Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt said in a statement.

But those who support the ban say it is entirely necessary, in order to protect children from unnecessary pain and potential harm.

Communities in Switzerland and Austria have followed suit by temporarily banned circumcisions after Cologne’s ruling.

The Norwegian ombudsman for children’s rights, Anne Lindboe, told Vart Land newspaper that circumcising boys was a violation of their right to make decisions regarding their own bodies.

“Muslim and Jewish children are entitled to the same protection as all other children,” Lindboe said.

A medical adviser to the Norwegian government has proposed that Jewish and Muslim circumcisions are replaced with a non-surgical procedure.


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Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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2 Responses to German Rabbi Convicted For Performing Circumcision

  1. Eifelginster says:

    Activists File Complaint Against § 1631d BGB

    December 2013 – German intactivist movement tries to tackle circumcision law

    Since december 2012 a circumcision law (§ 1631d BGB) principally allows parents to circumcize their son as desired. Now activists against HGM or any ritual mutilation (i. e. FGM and MGM) have written a petition to The German Supreme Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) demanding that the § 1631d BGB is declared as not being in accordance with the German constitution. Instead they call for an end of all circumcisions done without medical necessity.

    27. Dezember 2013
    an das

    Beschwerde gegen das Bundesgesetz über den Umfang der Personensorge bei einer Beschneidung des männlichen Kindes

    Die Beschwerdeführer legen daher gegen dieses Gesetz Beschwerde ein und beantragen durch eine einstweilige Anordnung nach § 32 Abs. 1 BVerfGG diese Vorschrift sofort außer Kraft zu setzen, um alle medizinisch nicht erforderlichen Beschneidungen, insbesondere Rituale wie Metzitzah B’Peh, pria und Praktiken wie im folgenden Link beschrieben, die sicherlich mit einer Zirkumzision lege artis nicht zu vereinbaren sind, trotzdem aber durchgeführt werden, zu verbieten bis das hohe Gericht über die Verfassungsbeschwerde entschieden hat.

    Die Beschwerdeführer beantragen zudem, die nicht medizinisch indizierte MGM an nicht einwilligungs- und urteilsfähigen Jungen auf die Liste der Auslandsstraftaten zu setzen, um sowohl Beschneidungstourismus zu verhindern als auch die gegebenenfalls erforderliche Strafverfolgung ortsunabhängig zu gewährleisten.


    • ron abbass says:

      Hi Eifelginster! Thanks for your comments — much appreciated. I don’t know if you’re a bible believer, but for the descendants of Abraham, they were required to circumcize their 8 day old sons. It’s a religious ritual and I’m not convinced that any government should interfere with this ritual. I’m on the fence re this issue.

      Thanks again, Eifelginster. Peace and blessings to you and yours.


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