Merkel supports circumcision as a right

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Merkel supports circumcision as a right

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the Muslim and Jewish communities’ right to carry out circumcision.

Her spokesman said the operation carried out “in a responsible manner must be possible without punishment.”

It follows a Cologne court’s ruling that a child’s right to physical integrity is more important than their parents’ religious beliefs.

The decision has caused uproar with Jewish religious leaders.

Berlin’s Jewish hospital said it has stopped such operations following the judgement as a precaution.

A joint letter published by Jewish and Muslim associations on Wednesday slammed the court ruling as an attack on religion.

But the German parliament is expected to pass a new law to protect their right to circumcise baby boys on religious grounds.