Netherlands insurer defends coverage for circumcisions

Source: Times of Israel.

Illustrative: Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky seen at a circumcision ceremony in Israel on May 02, 2016. (Yaakov Cohen/Flash90)

The right-leaning news blog GeenStijl, which boasts 2 million views per month, wrote that Zilveren Kruis is moving into the niche that until recently was occupied only by specialized insurance companies catering specifically to Muslims. Zilveren Kruis began including non-medical circumcision of boys in some of its plans in 2014.

In northern Europe, non-medical circumcision of boys is under attack from critics who see it as a foreign influence by Muslims and by progressives who say they do not object to such influences per se, but do view this particular custom as violating children’s rights.

A similar debate has evolved around ritual slaughter of animals.

Both customs are partly shared by Jews and Muslims, though, among other differences, Judaism has stricter regulations on both.

About half of Dutch Jews do not perform circumcision on their boys, according to a 2009 survey by the community.

Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs said that Zilveren Kruis’ inclusion of circumcision is “clearly meant to benefit Muslims, not Jews,” as mohalim, or trained Jewish circumcizers, perform it for free.

Zilveren Kruis’ decision, Jacobs said, to offer reimbursement does not affect Jews but is a “positive thing” for society because it helps avoid health risks in Muslim circumcisions, which are sometimes performed by unqualified relatives.

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  1. It is a biased reporting. This tradition or religious ritual is more old and practised with Jews. However just in enmity of Islam the effort has been made to Islamize the issue. For God sake have some journalistic ethics also.

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