Sunday, 5 August 2012

Chief Rabbi Accused Of Lying About Circumcision Damage

The former Head of Child Surgery at Copenhagen’s largest hospital has accused the Danish chief Rabbi of lying.

In a startling interview on Danish TV, the Danish  Chief Rabbi, Bent Lexner, claimed that he has overseen the circumcision of around one thousand baby boys over 40 years and that there hasn’t been one complication.  

However, one of Denmark’s leading pediatricians, Dr Preben Kirkegaard, says that he has seen several cases every year of baby boys with circumcision complications including life-threatening conditions – and says some of these were carried out by the Chief Rabbi who claims there has never been a complication.

Even without Dr Kirkegaard’s powerful testimony the claim that there has never been a complication is startling as all surgery carries risk – even circumcisions carried out by skilled surgeons in medical settings.

The TV feature also carries an interview with Kjeld Koplev a Danish radio journalist who was born into a Jewish family and circumcised as a baby who says:

“It is torture and mutilation of male infants. Why should a Rabbi who doesn’t have a medical education be allowed to do that?”

To read a full transcript of the interview click here now.

To see the TV interview with English subtitles click here now.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

1 in 3 Israeli Parents Don't Want To Circumcise

More evidence that the campaign to End Unnecessary Male Circumcision is a global grassroots movement comes from Israel where more and more parents are choosing not to circumcise their sons.

An extensive article on circumcision in Israel by the country's oldest daily newspaper - Haaretz - reveals that nearly a third of Israeli parents would prefer not to circumcise their sons.

Quoting an informal online survey conducted by the Israeli parenting portal, Mamy, around 5% of Israeli parents no longer circumcise their children because the object to disfiguring their children's bodies or they don't want to inflict pain on their children

According to the newspaper, increasing numbers of Jewish parents are choosing not to have their sons circumcised and support groups have been set up to help parents agonizing over the decision. 

The internet is also playing an important role in increasing the anti-circumcision movement in Israel with the Tapuz portal hosting a forum in Hebrew called 'Forgoing Circumcision' which reports a constant growth in traffic over the past decade. 

To read the full article click here now