According to the indictment, “The defendant held the complainant in her hands and instructed him to sit in silence,” and “The defendant did not respond to the complainant’s crying and appeals, and continued to cut his skin in the upper part of the sexual organ.” A’s lawyer said this description could be applied to any circumcision.The indictment also stated that the child had “minor swelling” three days afterwards and he might need surgery in the future, yet an urologist who examined the child said there was “no need for urgent intervention”.
The question debated in court is what is the definition of circumcision, who can perform it and when.
Police charged her with interfering with an officer in the line of duty as she physically resisted.
Her daughters were returned to her partner several months later and the boy remains with a foster family.
An Eritrean asylum seeker in Israel is facing a charge of child abuse and 14 years behind bars after she performed a circumcision on her four-year-old son.
The unnamed woman, who works as a hotel cleaner and has been in Israel for over a decade, carried out the circumcision at her home in March 2016 and did not use the traditional instruments used in Jewish rituals.