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  • Leaders of Dutch party’s youth division seek circumcision ban

    March 7, 2014 | 9:41 am

    Two leaders of the youth division of the Dutch ruling party called for a ban on non-medical circumcision of boys.

    Tom Leijte, the vice president of the JOVD youth movement of the VVD ruling party, and JOVD senior board member Matthijs van de Burgwal made the plea in an op-ed...

  • German lawmakers propose barring circumcision before age 14

    November 14, 2012 | 11:34 am

    Some 50 lawmakers in Germany have signed on to a proposal that would bar ritual circumcision for boys under the age of 14.

    The lawmakers -- from the left-wing Social Democratic, Left and Greens parties -- are hoping to preempt a bill that would allow Jewish and Muslim parents to...

  • Berlin demonstration calls for right to ritual circumcision

    September 10, 2012 | 8:33 am

    Jews and Muslims in Berlin demonstrated for the right to carry out ritual circumcisions, a right that has been endangered in Germany.

    Under the slogan "On Knife's Edge: Religious Freedom," some 300 demonstrators rallied Saturday at Bebelplatz, the site of the 1933 Nazi book...

  • September 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 6, 2012 | 12:47 am

    In-depth

    Sinai’s Second-String Security

    Egypt has long been remiss in asserting its sovereignty in the Sinai Peninsula, a tradition that will not help end the jihadist presence there, writes Barak Barfi for Project Syndicate

    Employing CSF troops in the sensitive border...

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  • What should Jews do about the circumcision crisis?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 24, 2012 | 11:31 am

    My two smart and well-informed colleagues, Dr. Rabbi Dov Maimon and Nadia ‎Ellis (of JPPI fame), just published a new report on the so-called Circumcision ‎Crisis. That is, the attempt to limit or ban circumcision and other religious ‎practices in Western Europe. The paper is...

  • Swiss hospital lifts ban on circumcision

    August 10, 2012 | 11:46 am

    A Swiss hospital which briefly banned circumcision announced that it would now allow the procedure.

    An announcement by University Children’s Hospital Zurich said on Friday that a three-week moratorium, now ended, was needed to assess the practice’s legal implications.

    The...

  • July 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 29, 2012 | 12:33 am

    In-depth

    Syrian Chemical Weapons and Al-Qaida

    Writing in Algemeiner, Dore Gold warns that Syria’s WMD stockpile must be secured, and not just to prevent attacks in the Mideast.

    Jordan’s King Abdullah specifically warned in a CNN interview on July 18 that Syrian chemical weapons...

  • July 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2012 | 1:39 am

    In-depth

    A Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Have No Hotline to Avert Catastrophe

    Unlike the US and the Soviet Union or India and Pakistan, there is no direct line of communication between Israel and Iran, which, warns Alan Elsner in Algemeiner, could be disastrous if Iran gains nuclear...

  • Germany’s Jews won’t be punished for circumcisions

    July 13, 2012 | 9:52 am

    Germany’s Jews and Muslims will not be punished for breaking the law if they carry out circumcisions on young boys, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said.

    “For everyone in the government it is absolutely clear that we want to have Jewish and Muslim religious life in...

  • Rabbis to meet in Berlin to protest circumcision ban

    July 9, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    Jewish religious leaders will hold an international meeting in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss how to respond to a German court ruling against performing circumcision on baby boys, which also sparked protests from Muslims and Christians in Germany.

    A court in the western city of...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center urges German Chancellor to pass law declaring circumcision legal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 6, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    In the wake of a German court’s ruling in June that declared nonconsensual religious circumcision to be inflicting “bodily harm” on boys, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center have called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders...

  • June 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 26, 2012 | 2:13 am

    Noteworthy
    American Jews’ Cowardly Retreat from the term “Zionism”

    Writing in the Jerusalem Post, Professor Gil Troy reprimands the American Jewish community for its abandonment of the word ‘Zionist’, even though it clearly subscribes to the philosophy.

    American Jews’ gutless...

  • Report: Circumcision lowers prostate cancer risk

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 13, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    The World Health Organization has already recommended circumcision based on research showing that it lowers the risk of heterosexual men contracting HIV. And that wives and girlfriends of circumcised men are less likely to get HPV. Of course, a rare circumcision procedure, known as...

  • Metzitzah be-Peh and Protecting Jewish Infants

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    March 7, 2012 | 7:39 am

    It is difficult to believe I am writing about meẓiẓah be-peh, that there is a necessity to address this topic once again. Apparently, yet another Jewish infant has succumbed to an infection and died due to the practice of meẓiẓah be-peh. The Brooklyn DA is even now looking...

  • Infant boy dies after receiving herpes from circumcision procedure

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 7, 2012 | 12:17 am

    Despite the rhetoric flying around last summer, circumcision is an exceptionally safe procedure. But there is a religious variation that is less so. It involves oral suction of the wound, and it’s a manner of transmitting herpes.

    In 2004, an infant in Brooklyn died after receiving...

  • California strikes bids to ban circumcision

    October 3, 2011 | 9:37 am

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that prevents the state’s municipalities from banning male circumcision.

    Brown announced Sunday that he had signed the measure, which takes effect immediately.

    The state’s Legislature approved the bill early last month following attempts in...

  • Bill outlawing circumcision bans passes state legislature

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 6, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    California’s assembly approved a bill on Sept. 6 that prohibits cities and counties from enacting bans on male circumcision.

    The measure, known as AB 768, was written in response to the effort to ban the practice for males under 18 in San Francisco.

    Circumcision is a sacred...

  • Opinion: The necessity, validity of circumcision and its ritual

    August 24, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    With the latest turnaround by a San Francisco court removing the anti-circumcision measure from its city’s upcoming ballot, all of us who advocate circumcision on religious grounds can breathe a sigh of relief.  Gone weeks ago from the ballot in Santa Monica proposed for this...

  • Appeal unlikely for S.F. circumcision ban ballot measure

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 24, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    Time appears to have run out for the proponents of a San Francisco ballot measure that would have banned circumcision of any boy under 18 in the city.

    The measure’s backers reportedly had been considering appealing the July 28 ruling by Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi that...

  • Tentative ruling confirmed: S.F. court strikes anti-circumcision measure from ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 28, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    Confirming Wednesday’s tentative ruling, a San Francisco judge ruled on Thursday to strike from the city’s Nov. 2011 ballot a controversial measure that aimed to prohibit circumcision of males under 18.

    The proposition attempts to regulate a medical procedure, San Francisco Superior...

  • Foreskin Man gets a new cartoon doppelganger: Smegma Man

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 26, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    When the second issue of “Foreskin Man” became public, the anti-circumcision comic book’s portrayal of a villainous Jewish ritual circumciser, Monster Mohel, generated accusations of anti-Semitism against the comic book’s creator and against the entire anti-circumcision—or...

  • Letters to the editor: Boyle Heights, Steve Zimmer, circumcision

    July 19, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    Boyle Heights Reflections

    Thank you for Tom Tugend’s nostalgic article on Boyle Heights (“The Nickel Pickle,” July 15).

    Although I was born in Boyle Heights in 1928, we moved away to “upscale West Adams” when I was a few years old. However, I so well remember the...

  • Could Foreskin Man keep circumcision legal in San Francisco?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 1, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    In an ironic twist, the writer of a San Francisco ballot measure that would prohibit circumcision of any boy under 18 for any reason other than a medical emergency also created the evidence that could lead to the proposition being declared unconstitutional and being thrown off of the...

  • Anti-circumcision:  Is this equal to anti-Semitism?

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    June 30, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Believe it or not, an American city, San Francisco, is voting to proscribe one of the central rituals of an entire religious community, the Jewish people, who have been circumcising male infants since the time of Abraham.  Many Muslims, of course, also practice circumcision for...

  • Foreskin Man, meet Vulva Girl

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 29, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    A new issue of “Foreskin Man,” the anti-circumcision comic book whose treatment of a Jewish ritual circumciser was widely critiqued as anti-Semitic, hit the web on June 29. It introduces Vulva Girl, a female counterpart to the comic book’s blonde, buff, eponymous hero.

    Like...

  • In S.F. circumcision ban battle, unusual tactics on both sides

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 27, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    The fight over San Francisco’s ballot measure seeking to ban circumcision for male minors in that city is getting a little weird.

    On one side, you’ve got a small group of religious Jews using Facebook to invite people to San Francisco’s Union Square on November 9. In the...

  • Proposed circumcision ban not merely a parochial concern

    June 23, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Circumcision, or “brit milah,” has long been the stuff of cheap jokes and comedy. But in recent weeks, what used to be nothing more than harmless fare has taken on a much more serious tone. So-called “intactivists” on the fringe left of American politics have pushed the radical...

  • Coalition sues to keep circumcision ban off S.F. ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 22, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    The Jewish-led coalition working to defeat a San Francisco ballot measure, which would ban circumcision for boys 18 and under, filed a lawsuit there on Wednesday morning asking the city to remove the proposition from the ballot entirely.

    The ballot measure, which would make...

  • Top 10 sharpest circumcision ban headlines

    By Jay Firestone

    June 7, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    Why does it seem like whenever a sex-related story breaks in the news, certain headline writers revert back to their 13-year-old perverted selves? 

    In this case, California’s debate on the proposed circumcision ban has prompted slew of awful, fully pun-intended headlines guaranteed...

  • “Foreskin Man” brings anti-Semitic imagery into circumcision fight

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 3, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    The backers of a ballot initiative in San Francisco aiming to ban circumcision in that city have consistently maintained that their efforts are not anti-Semitic.

    But the “Foreskin Man” comic book, which was written and edited in 2010 by the founder of a San Diego group...

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