[Note added 17.8.15: The video of the presentation has just been uploaded to our YouTube channel, with the same background details as below – here.]
I’ve just watched a very interesting video (49:31), which I found on the Men Do Complain website. I recommend it strongly. It reviews the findings of the Global Survey of Circumcision Harm (2012), and the presenter – at the International Genital Autonomy conference in Frankfurt, in May 2015 – is Tim Hammond, an independent researcher. The associated website is here.
The video should be compulsory viewing for people who claim MGM is harmless. They include Professor David Katz and Dr Simon Hochhauser of Milah UK, the campaign group set up by the organizations of the Jewish community in the UK to promote and protect the right of the Jewish community to carry out religious circumcisions in accordance with their religious beliefs. In a recent letter to J4MB, they claimed:
Brit Milah is a minor procedure, carried out by a trained practitioner in a clean environment and has no recognized negative impact on the child or on the rest of his life.
‘… no recognized negative impact…’. The claim is more than disingenuous, it is outrageous. I’d like to see them make the point to the American man who underwent Brit Milah as an infant, and later renounced his faith, 31:23 – 32:50 on the video.
The final nine minutes of the video (from 39:52) consists of the start of an hour-long video of a 23-year-old Egyptian Muslim who was evidently deeply traumatised by his forcible circumcision at the age of 10.