Circumcision Correspondence

October 10, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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Israel’s President Shimon Peres has received a reply from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe seeking his intervention in a move by the Council recommending the banning of ritual circumcision. 

Thorbjorn Jagland’s reply :




Click here to read President Peres’s letter…


4 Responses to “Circumcision Correspondence”
  1. Ron says:

    The European Convention on Human Rights also cites the need to protect bodily integrity and to protect all people equally regardless of age, gender, or religion.

    Circumcision alters sex dramatically. The only person with the ethical standign to say yea or nay to non-therapeutic genital reduction surgery is the rational informed adult owner of the genitals.

    Fortunately, Jagland does not get the last word on this.

  2. Ruth says:

    Male circumcision as a Jewish religious ritual will inevitably be replaced by something symbolic that includes baby girls eventually some time. It is the last barbaric ritual that has not yet been replaced by symbolic ritual. This probably applies to Muslim ritual too. The important point is it should come from INSIDE the community and NOT BE IMPOSED by government from outside.
    Ruth Barnett, London UK
    Speaker challenging prejudice and racism

  3. Paul Winter says:

    Contemptible weasel words: at no point does Jagland repudiate the Council’s position on circumcision. Circumcision is the covenant of Jews with the faith of Abraham. Impeding that is antisemitic, an ancient European practice.

    When the higly moral Council of Europe raises its voice against the oppression of women in the mohammedan ghettos of Europe, of female genital mutilation in mohammedan regimes, or the second class status of women under sharia or the abhorrent practice of child brides or for that matter the sadistic blwoing up and electrocuting of whales by Norway, I’ll hold them in less contemp than I now do.

    • Juan says:

      Paul, if you read the resolution you will find that indeed it raises its voice against female genital mutilation, and also against genital normalization surgeries for intesex children -which is nothing but female genital mutilation at the hands of physicians.

      The resolution takes into consideration children of all genders (including intersex children) and recommends empowering children and protecting their physical integrity. It just happens that the media has shown it as specifically an anticircumcision resolution, which has limited the depth of knowledge of most people about it and biased the opinion of commenters.

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