Eight Icelandic parliamentarians from across the political spectrum have signed the proposed legislation banning circumcision, proposing 6 years in prison for violators who perform the Jewish religious rite.
By Kobi Nachshoni
A bill submitted this week to the Icelandic parliament is calling for the banning of circumcision and sets the penalty for violators at six years in prison.
Senior European rabbis are fuming at the legislative initiative and are calling on Jewish communities on the continent to apply international pressure in order to prevent the bill’s adoption and ensure freedom of religion.
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A Jewish ‘brit’, circumcision ceremony. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP.pn
Calling circumcision of children a violation of human rights, the European Council calls for a legal ban until age 15.
By Maayana Miskin
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a pan-European group, has passed a resolution condemning circumcision of children as a violation of human rights, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reports.
Secular “Brit Milah” Jewish circumcision ceremony – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The resolution passed with 78 in favor to just 13 against. Fifteen people abstained from the vote.
Representatives called to ban “certain operations and practices…before a child is old enough to be consulted.” The age suggested for allowing circumcision was 15. Continue Reading »