Tuesday, 26 November 2013

It cuts both ways: A Jew argues for child rights over religious circumcision

I've just published my debut blog as a Jewish Thinker for Israel's Haaretz newspaper on the topic of circumcision. Below are the first 150 words, and in 48 hours I'll re-post the whole article. 


Two years ago, in response to an article I wrote questioning circumcision, the British historian Geoffrey Alderman dedicated his column to my character assassination, describing me as “a leading anti-Jewish Jew of the younger generation.” Though I appreciated the attention, I was disappointed – why not “the” leading anti-Jewish Jew? It would have brought my parents such nachas.

Still, I was luckier than the Council of Europe: After it passed a motion declaring the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons “a violation of the physical integrity of children,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry accused it of fostering “hate and racist trends in Europe.” With accusations flying, the Council’s special rapporteur, Marlene Rupprecht, countered that the “vote does not intend to stigmatize any religious community or its practices,” but to reach “a wide consensus on the rights of children.”

So, who’s right?

This article was originally published by Haaretz. For the full article, click here