Via Tim, J4MB: Excerpts:
Six babies have been infected with herpes after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lifted regulations on the controversial Jewish circumcision ritual, health officials said.The [modern] Orthodox Jewish practice known as metzitzah b’peh, requires a mohel, the person performing the circumcision, to suck blood from the baby’s [mutilated penis]…Doctors found the newborn had been infected with herpes simplex virus-1, more commonly known as oral herpes (HSV-1). The baby boy was hospitalized for two weeks and is now recovering.The ultra-Orthodox ritual has become controversial because of the health risks to infants as mohels are not even required to be tested for herpes…Leaders in the Orthodox group had argued that the regulations violated their religious freedom…Health officials said the ritual has been linked 24 cases of herpes since 2000. Two of the infants who were infected suffered brain damaged and two died.
These barbaric violations of the genitals of 8-day-old baby boys are also happening in Orthodox Jewish communities in the UK.