EJC Welcomes Vote of German Parliament Allowing Jewish Circumcision

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) welcomes the vote of the German Parliament today affirming the right of the Jewish community to continue the practice of Brit Milah according to Jewish tradition. EJC President Dr Moshe Kantor said: “This vote and the strong commitment shown by Chancellor Merkel, the government and the German Parliament to protect this most integral practice of the Jewish religion is a strong message to our community for the continuation and flourishing of Jewish life in Germany.”

“We welcome the dignified debate and consultation process with all interested parties that has taken place in Germany and particularly with the Central Council of German Jews and the Muslim community which has led to this historic vote today. This is a model for the whole of Europe to protect the rights of religious minorities as full and involved members of European societies” Dr Kantor added.

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