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September 28, 2012 12:00 am

German Jewish Leader Hails Amendment Proposal on Circumcision

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Instruments used for a Jewish circumcision. Photo: wiki commons.

JTA – A proposal by Germany’s Justice Ministry to amend a law on the circumcison of male children is “a step in the right direction,” German Jewish leader Dieter Graumann said.

The amendment, which aims to cement religious rights while responding to critics of the practice, would allow ritual circumcision only with parental consent and performed by a practitioner according to medical standards, and only with the strongest degree of anesthetic medically allowable given the child’s age.

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