We, as representatives of Jewish and Islamic communities have come together along with legal and medical experts as well as representatives of the European Parliament to discuss the recent disturbing ruling in the German court against circumcision. We consider this to be an affront on our basic religious and human rights.
Circumcision is an ancient ritual that is fundamental to our individual faiths and we protest in the strongest possible terms this court ruling.
To that end we will vigorously defend our right to maintain our mutual tradition and call on the German Parliament and all political parties to intervene in overruling this decision as a matter of urgency.
We remain committed to resolving this matter of deep concern expeditiously in order to protect the rights of faith groups and restore harmony amongst these groups within Germany and throughout the European Union.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, General Director, European Jewish Association (EJA)
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, Rabbinical Centre of Europe
Rabbi Israel Diskin, Rabbi in Munich, Germany
Rabbi Mendi Pevzner, European Jewish Association (EJA)
Prof. Dr. Ali DERE (Theologian), President of the umbrella association of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB, Germany)
Imam Mustafa Katstit - Islamic Center, Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium
Josseph Lempkovits, Chief Editor, European Jewish Press (EJP)
Assistant to MEP Elmar Brok (Germany), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament
Mr. Robby Spiegel, President of the Israeli bonds, Belgium
Mr. Joël Rubinfeld, Co-President of European Jewish Parliament
Dr Igor Byshkin, Urologist, Koln, Germany
ADV. Attorney Marc Libert – Brussels, Belgium
Assistant to MEP Hannu Takkula (Finland)
Assistant to MEP Frédérique RIES (Bekgium)
Assistant to MEP Marek Siwiec (Poland)
Assistant to MEP Carlo Fidanza (Italy)
Assistant to MEP Andrea Schwab (Germany)