As if circumcision were exclusive to Judaism - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joseph4GI
    • 02.06.13 | 22:14 (IDT)

    Accusations of antisemitism are based on three assumptions: 1) That circumcision is exclusively Jewish 2) That circumcision is universal among Jews 3) That intactivists focus on stopping only Jewish circumcision The fact is, circumcision is not exclusive to Jews; only approximately 3% of all circumcisions in this country are Jewish brisim; the rest are secular, gentile circumcisions performed at hospitals. In addition, circumcision is not universal among Jews. There are Jews in Europe who have been leaving their children intact for years. A growing number of Jews are forgoing a traditional Bris Milah circumcision ceremony, and instead opting for a more peaceful, non-cutting Bris Shalom naming ceremony. Even in Israel, there is a growing number of parents who are not circumcising their children. A recent poll reveals that 1/3rd of Israeli parents question the practice. And finally, it would be one thing if intactivists targeted the Jewish ritual of infant circumcision. The fact is that intactivists oppose the forced genital cutting of ALL minors, regardless of race or creed. Of all circumcisions that happen in the US, only about 3%, perhaps even less, comprises of Jewish brisim; the rest are secular, non-Jewish circumcisions that happen at hospitals. We're opposed to ALL of it. It is dishonest for Jewish advocates of circumcision to pretend like they're being "singled out," when this clearly isn't the case. Little by little people are seeing through this smear tactic, as more and more people have the courage to speak out, despite the threat of being labeled Nazi-Germans.

    from the article: Jewish answers to circumcision debate must be more than 'it’s our religion'
    First published 21:05 30.05.13 | Last updated 21:05 30.05.13
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