Every now and then, intactivists are generally assumed to be antisemitic, because they also engage against MGM on boys of Jewish parents. These allegations are generally unfounded, if only because the deliberate exclusion of the boys of Jewish parents in legal questions would be a group-specific special treatment, which in turn would have to be regarded as antisemitism, following the logics. If intactivists were to protect all children from genital mutilation that was not medically indicated, but omit the children of Jewish parents, they would have to be accused of antisemitism.
A uniform, generally binding definition of antisemitism doesn't seem to exist. There are different attempts at a definition. See below for a tiny selection of definitions.
Definitions of antisemitism
- "Hostility to or prejudice against Jewish people."
- "hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group"
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Plenum suggested the following working definition of antisemitism:
|“||IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism |
Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.
– International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Plenum
Opposing circumcision on minors isn't antisemitic
Opposing circumcision has nothing to do with antisemitism which is defined as being or acting against Jews because they are Jews, not because they do this or that. Opposition to circumcision is opposing an action: medically unnecessary amputation of healthy tissue from the genitals of non consenting minors, completely independent of parental beliefs.
According to a White Paper published by the Danish Mosaic Religious Society, no Jew will deny an intact boy the right to his membership of the Jewish society:
|“||You are born a Jew if you are born to a Jewish mother. In principle, there are no Jewish dogma, which means, among other things, that one cannot "deprive" a Jew of his identity as a Jew. There are Jews who do not abide by Jewish rules in any form whatsoever, and others who have cherrypicked among those rules and only adhere to the rules they want. This also applies to circumcision. It might be said this way: |
For most Jews it is crucial to be circumcised, but it is not essential to be circumcised to be a Jew.
– Danish Mosaic Religious Society (White Paper: om rituel omskærelse af drenge, page 14)
If this statement is true, and there are no reasons to doubt it, Jewish males for whom it is vital to be circumcised can be circumcised as they turn of age, and they will still be valid members of the Jewish community.
Furthermore: In 2007, the WHO found that 30% of the world’s male population were circumcised. Those 30% were distributed like this
- 69% Muslims
- 0.8% Jews
- 13% North Americans
- 17.2% Others
Following these numbers, male Jews who are circumcised make up at most 0.8 % of the world's circumcised men (i.e. eight per thousand). Therefore, it is totally flawed to claim that opposing circumcision is an expression of antisemitism or neo-Nazism.
Opposition to non-medical circumcision of minors as a parental right is directed against the act regardless of the parents' religious affiliation, and not just against the at most 0.8% Jewish circumcisions.
Conceptual antisemitism in Judaism
The German website zwangsbeschneidung.de sees an "antisemitism contradiction in the Jewish religion created by Circumcision":
|“||Antisemitism is definitely the violation of the human rights of a Jew because he is a Jew, circumcision of the male child is a violation of human rights, Jewish circumcision is done because the child is a Jew, so Jewish circumcision is an antisemitic act.|
The conclusion is that if circumcision is the foundation of the Jewish religion, the foundation of the Jewish religion is an antisemitic act.
– N.N. (www.zwangsbeschneidung.de)
Antisemitism among (German) politicians
The antisemitism contradiction can not only be found in the religion itself, but also in the actions of German politicians in particular. If they e.g. deny the own human and fundamental rights of children of Jewish parents, out of fear of being accused of antisemitism - which is factually completely false - although they are fundamentally opposed to genital mutilation, this behavior is itself antisemitic, because such politicians do not consider children of Jewish parents to be worthy of protection (mostly obviously due to the fear of the Antisemitism club). This attitude is often justified by the believe that Germans would have no right to judge Jewish culture and tradition because of their German history, which further reinforces the antisemitic exclusion of children of Jewish parents from the all-encompassing understanding of human rights and makes such statements even worse. In addition, genital mutilation in children that is not medically indicated is played down and justified here as "culture" and "tradition", which also proves double standards, since no German politician is known who would also describe FGM in this way.
Note on IntactiWiki's own behalf
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What is antisemitism? - Non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism, IHRA. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
- White Paper: om rituel omskærelse af drenge , mosaiske.dk. (2012). Retrieved 14 March 2020.
Male circumcision: global trends and determinants of prevalence, safety and acceptability, WHO. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
Der durch die Beschneidung erzeugte Antisemitismuswiderspruch in der jüdischen Religion[Anti-Semitism Generated by Circumcision Contradiction in the Jewish Religion] (German). Retrieved 15 February 2022.