Berlin - Prosecutor Dismisses Complaint Against Second German Rabbi Charged For Violating Bris Milah Court Ruling

Published on: August 30th, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Berlin - Prosecutors in Germany's capital city dismissed a criminal complaint lodged against popular local Rabbi Yitshak Ehrenberg over "causing bodily harm" by performing ritual circumcision, according to a document obtained by The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

A complaint was filed against the Jerusalem-born Rabbi on July 12, and dismissed as unfounded in an August 15 letter. The prosecution’s dismissal document concluded that there is no proof to establish that the Rabbi’s conduct met the "condition of a criminal” violation. In response to Ehrenberg’s appearance on the German talk show "Anne Will,” the Rabbi announced that “we will continue" with circumcisions because it is a core feature of Judaism.

The Post learned on Wednesday that the city of Berlin, which is one of sixteen Federal German States, is considering not implementing the June Cologne court decision outlawing Jewish and Muslim circumcisions. The Berlin prosecutor office’s document suggests that the Berlin government rejects the Cologne decision. According to the prosecutor’s letter “even if a non-medical circumcision were to take place it would not meet the elements of severe bodily harm.”

A German doctor filed a criminal charge earlier in August against Rabbi David Goldberg for performing circumcision. Dr. Sebastian Guevara Kamm from Giessen in the German state of Hesse, lodged the complaint on the basis a June ruling in Cologne, the North Rhine- Westphalia state, that non-medical circumcision is a “serious and irreversible interference in the integrity of the human body.”

The local prosecutor’s office is still investigating the complaint against Goldberg. The mohel, or person trained in the practice of Jewish circumcision, sees the complaint as part of an anti-Semitic campaign spreading throughout the Federal Republic.

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