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In 2012, a vehement controversy about the ritual circumcision of male infants and boys developed in Germany. Although the debate impacted massively on German Jews, research on anti-Semitism has left the topic largely unstudied. This study focuses on the interdisciplinary controversy surrounding ritual male circumcision in contemporary German society and discusses anti-circumcision arguments critically. It examines perceptions of Jews and Jewish culture, plus how these perceptions correspond to anti-Semitic stereotypes. This empirical analysis is based on a vast array of sources, consisting of medical, psychoanalytic and legal publications as well as newspaper articles, online comments and focused narrative interviews with opponents of ritual male circumcision. By carefully shedding light on the significant connection between anti-Semitism and the condemnation of ritual male circumcision, this study reveals that specific facets of the controversy can be interpreted as an expression of current anti-Semitism.