European Rabbis met in Germany on Thursday to proclaim their opposition to a German court’s ruling which outlaws circumcision. The ban has brought religious leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities together in opposition.
Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the European Conference of Rabbis, strongly worded part of his public statement against the court’s decision, calling it “the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust”.
Approximately 120,000 Jews currently reside in Germany, and are joined by close to 4 million Muslims in their strident opposition to the banning of the religious ritual.
Rabbi Yisroel Diskin, Director of Chabad in Munich, says the ban is concerning for Germany’s Jewish population but he is optimistic that the state will overturn the ruling.
“I’m sure that the German government or Parliament will correct this issue and I hope it will be very soon,” Diskin told The Algemeiner. “Just the message from the court, that circumcision is not allowed, is a very serious issue for Jews in Germany.”