[Note added 11.5.16: Many proponents of MGM, in the Jewish community and elsewhere, support MGM on the grounds of alleged potential or real health benefits, to men and/or their sexual partners. Does science support that position? For the answer, we refer you to a paper co-authored by Brian D Earp, a scientist and ethicist at the University of Oxford – here.]
[Note added 6.5.06: The first protest in Golders Green will start outside Dr Martin Harris’s clinic at 1pm on Thursday, 12 May. Further details below. We will then be walking down the Finchley Road to the offices of The Jewish Chronicle, and then possibly Golders Green tube station, ending at 6pm. More details below.]
[Note added 30.4.16: On 22 March we staged the largest anti-MGM protest ever held in the UK, outside the Thornhill Clinic, Luton – the largest private circumcision clinic in the UK. Our blog piece on the matter is here, a video (9:19) of the event here.]
This blog post updates an earlier one on this subject, officially confirms a change in the date of the Golders Green protests from 5 May to 12 May, and provides a few more details including a few photographs.
I am pleased to announce three more anti-MGM protests will take place before the London Conference. One of the speakers at the conference will be the American researcher Tim Hammond, who’ll be giving a new talk on the Global Survey of Circumcision Harm.
Our last three protests have been successful, and attracted increasing numbers of supporters – the first outside the Conservative party conference (October 2015), the second in Parliament Square on International Men’s Day (November 2015), the third recently in Luton, outside the Thornhill Clinic, the leading private clinic in the UK where male minors’ genitals are mutilated on non-therapeutic grounds for financial gain. The third protest was the largest-ever anti-MGM protest ever held in the UK.
The next protests, 1pm – 6pm on Thursday 12 May, will be in Golders Green, and we expect it will be even more successful. We would recommend that people in the Jewish community – and outside it – who are prepared to explore the case against circumcision visit a website with no connection to this one, Jews Against Circumcision. From the website:
We are a group of educated and enlightened Jews who realize that the barbaric, primitive, torturous, and mutilating practice of circumcision has no place in modern Judaism.
Rabbi Moses Maimonides himself acknowledged that circumcision is done to desensitize the penis and curb masturbation.
Jews are some of the smartest people in the world. We are 1/3rd of 1% of the population, yet we hold 33% of Nobel prizes. We are smart enough to understand that mutilating a little boys’ penis is not an acceptable practice in modern times.
We shall be protesting outside at least two locations on 12 May:
– a clinic where circumcisions are performed by Dr Martin Harris, who was recently added by A Voice for Men to its Known Genital Mutilators directory. We see from his website that he charges £395.00 to mutilate baby boys’ genitals. The clinic is the Temple Fortune Health Centre, 23 Temple Fortune Lane, London NW11 7TE. A map of the area is here. The clinic is in an appropriately shabby building, despite being in a prosperous area:
– the offices of The Jewish Chronicle – 28 St Albans Lane, London NW11 7QE, very near Golders Green tube station. A map of the area is here. The offices can be reached via either entrance of St Alban lane, but the quickest way to get there is to walk a short distance down the Finchley Road, then turn left into the lane, after a charity shop. The offices are visible from Finchley Road:
A more close-up image of the offices:
We may then walk to protest outside Golders Green tube station.
The second protest will be over 1pm – 6pm on Wednesday 1 June, outside the Home Office – 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF – because the Home Office is responsible for the police, and the police (acting with the CPS) aren’t bringing prosecutions against the people carrying out the criminal offence of MGM. In the Home Office response to our FOI request last year, the department didn’t deny MGM is illegal, but evaded the question of why it doesn’t prosecute the criminals carrying out the procedure. A map of the area is here.
The third protest will be over 1pm – 6pm on Wednesday 15 June, outside the Head Office of the NSPCC – Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH. A map of the area is here. An email exchange in our possession proves that the NSPCC couldn’t care less about this unnecessary, cruel, and illegal procedure being inflicted on so many male minors in the UK every year.