Germany is coming under increasing pressure over the court decision that ruled circumcision was bodily harm and thus a crime – with the Wiesenthal Centre quoting Hitler, and a Muslim group saying it was a blow against integration.

The Los-Angeles-based Jewish group called on German lawmakers to provide legal safety for the practice, saying it would be "a stain on today's Germany" to let the court ruling stand.

Criminalising circumcision was "an attack on one of the fundamental principles of Judaism," wrote Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean and associate dean of the Centre in a letter to Merkel.

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