In­quiry into brit in­jury

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

SOUTH AFRICAN Chief Rabbi War­ren Gold­stein has set up a com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate the in­jur­ing of a baby in a cir­cum­ci­sion.The in­quiry, headed by re­tired judge Phillip Levin­sohn, will con­sider any other com­plaint re­gard­ing cir­cum­ci­sion sub­mit­ted to it, said Rabbi Gold­stein and the head of his Beth Din, Rabbi Moshe Kurt­stag.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of cir­cum­ci­sions had suc­cess­fully been per­formed in South Africa in the past, they noted, adding: “Nev­er­the­less, even one in­jury is a se­ri­ous mat­ter and were main com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing ha­lachic and safety stan­dards of brit mi­lah.”

The re­cent in­ci­dent in­volved an ex­pe­ri­enced mo­hel whose com­pe­tence had never been pre­vi­ously been ques­tioned, they said.

The Bri­tish-Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mi­lah UK, said it“would con­tinue to do what­ever we­can to sup­port the South African Jewish com­mu­nity in their re­sponse to this ter­ri­ble in­ci­dent”. A Mi­lah UK spokesman said Bri­tain had sys­tems of over­sight, train­ing and reg­u­la­tion of cir­cum­ci­sion de­vel­oped over hun­dreds of years that were “un­der con­tin­ual mon­i­tor­ing and scru­tiny.

“These sys­tems are now be­ing repli­cated across the world to en­sure that the best pos­si­ble safe­guards are in place.”

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