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Council of Europe: Religious Circumcisions are Legal

The head of the Council of Europe responds to Israel’s President Shimon Peres’s letter, assuring him there’s no law banning male circumcision.

By Elad Benari


President Shimon Peres was assured on Wednesday that there is no binding law banning male circumcision in Europe for religious reasons.

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Secular “Brit Milah” Jewish circumcision ceremony – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The head of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, responded to a letter Peres had sent earlier in the week, urging the council to reconsider a resolution it adopted against circumcision.

Jagland clarified in the letter that there were no “legal provisions regarding the practice of circumcision of young boys for religious reasons.” Continue Reading »

Israel asks Council of Europe to cancel anti-circumcision resolution

“For the Jewish people, this is a path that stood the test of thousands of years, and now the Council of Europe is trying to erase it.”



Israel on Friday called on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to annul a resolution it passed on Tuesday against circumcision, calling it a “moral stain” on the Council.

Rabbi holds boy for circumcision

Rabbi holds boy for circumcision – Photo: REUTERS

“Circumcision of male children is an ancient religious tradition of two important religions, Judaism and Islam, and it is also common among some Christian circles,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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