While Jewish groups denounce the European intolerance in calling circumcision of underage boys a violation of their physical integrity, a mother in Israel is being forced to circumcise her son as part of divorce proceedings, and in the mean time is being fined 500 nis (approximately US$140) per day until she consents to the circumcision.
Most recent article: Woman fined $140 a day for refusing to circumcise son
For the back story, read: Israel Rabbinical Court Forcing Divorcée to Circumcise Son
With this attitude, the Israeli MKs are going to have a hard time convincing Europeans that circumcision is ANYTHING but a violation of the physical integrity of children.
At this time, the Rabbinical court rejected the mother’s appeal. The mother is trying to obtain support and legal help to bring the case to the High Court.
How can Jewish groups decry intolerance, and not tolerate this mother’s decision over the health and physical integrity of her own son?
Detailed article (in Hebrew): http://www.mako.co.il/news-law/legal/Article-414e7026d2f8241004.htm?sCh=3d385dd2dd5d4110&pId=1898243326
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And while Jewish groups launch a pro-circumcision task force, and MKs plan to travel through Europe in the coming weeks to battle anti-circumcision legislation to convince Europe that circumcision of underage boys without medical necessity is not a violation of physical integrity, as recently indicated in a resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a rabbinical court in Netanya, 20 miles north from Tel Aviv, is forcing a divorcee mother to facilitate the circumcision of her child (against her consent) as a demand of the ex-husband.
The mother argued that the authority to decide on this matter belongs exclusively in family court. But the rabbinical judges, Rabbis Michael Amos, Sheur Pardes and Ariel Yanai, rejected the woman’s argument and determined that when a couple is in a dispute over the treatment of their son, the dispute may be resolve either in family or in rabbinical court.
The mother’s request was rejected and the court ordered her to have the circumcision be performed within seven days, or suffer a financial penalty.
As long as religious courts are entitled to overrule a mother’s consent and force a child to undergo an unwanted and unneeded removal of part of his genitals, the task force and MKs are going to have a very difficult time convincing anyone that circumcision of underage boys is anything other than a violation of the physical integrity of the child.