London, July 13: A German court’s ban on circumcising baby boys has provoked a rare show of unity between Jews, Muslims and Christians who see it as a threat to religious freedom, the Daily Mail reported Friday.
Doctors have also warned it could increase health risks by forcing the practice underground.
European rabbis meeting in Berlin Thursday promised to defy the ruling by a court in Cologne city last month.
They plan further talks with Muslim and Christian leaders in Stuttgart next week to see how they can fight the ban together in that country, the newspaper said.
The ban is a new example of creeping prejudice in European law against non-Christians, after a Swiss ban on minarets, French and Belgian bans on Islamic veils in public, and an attempted Dutch ban on halal meat, said chief rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt.
He said outlawing circumcision was the “worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust”.
The Cologne court took action after police were alerted by a doctor who treated a Muslim boy for bleeding after he underwent circumcision.