Angela Merkel Weighs In On Germany’s Controversial Circumcision Ban Angela Merkel sought to ease the concerns of Germany’s Jews Sunday over a disputed ruling against circumcision as she became the first chancellor to address the Jewish community’s annual council meeting.

“The respecting of religious ritual is a fundamental good,” she told the annual gathering of the Central Council of Jews in Germany in the western city of Frankfurt.

“I am delighted… that there is a lively Jewish community in Germany,” added the chancellor.

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