Share this article Share 'The ritual has nothing to do with religion. It's only their customs. But they've managed to convince the city that it's a violation of their religious freedoms,' he added. Circumcision rituals originate from Scriptures, in which God tells Abraham that all men must be circumcised eight days after they are born.
Jews believed that blood was the 'life-giving element' and sucking it from the baby's penis was initially thought to prevent infection. But medical advances over the last hundred years have made clear that it can actually spread diseases. It is practiced widely in Israel and among Hasidic Jews. Three young ultra orthodox Jews in traditional clothing. The suction practice is carried out among strict followers of the religion file picture Homeland: There were almost 20, metzitzah b'peh procedures in New York in June this year but the practice is carried out widely in Israel, pictured Numbers of cases in New York alone emerged after the city's health department launched an investigation following the deaths.
The most recent of the deaths was in Brooklyn last September and a criminal investigation is still ongoing. The earlier death was in November , when a twin caught herpes after undergoing the procedure. Almost 20, baby boys had the procedure carried out in New York in June this year.
Some Jews have started using pipettes instead of oral suction because they are more hygienic According to the findings of the investigation, infants who were circumcise with suction between April and December had a risk of catching neonatal herpes HSV-1 infection of Thomas Farley said in a statement: An alternative to the practitioner removing the blood with their mouth is to use a sterilised glass tube or pipette to create the suction, which some Jews have started incorporating into the ritual.
Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Berman defended the practice in a paper published in the Jewish journal Dialogue.
He claimed there is no evidence that the 'metzitzah b'peh' procedures caused the infant deaths. Dr Berman also accused New York government chiefs of 'racial bias'. Share or comment on this article: Most watched News videos.