"Germans have no long history of circumcision. It's just something that's totally alien and foreign to them," said Mrs. Lipis.
Circumcision ban ignites a religious battle in Germany →
"Banning circumcision is tantamount to saying no Jewish life is possible in Germany," said Mimi Levy Lipis, a mother, a Jewish resident of Berlin and a professor of cultural studies. "I don't think Germany can afford to take that position."