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Council of Europe to Support of Ritual Circumcision

By: JTA

Encouraged by Israeli diplomats, parliamentarians from the Council of Europe have submitted a motion opposing an earlier resolution condemning ritual circumcision of boys.

The motion was submitted last week by 101 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the council, according to Micaela Catalano, a spokeswoman for the assembly, which has 318 parliamentarians and whose resolutions are non-binding.

Israeli diplomats told JTA they initiated the process that led to the motion’s submission.

The Council of Europe is an intergovernmental organization that encourages dialogue and is not connected to the European Union.

The new motion calls Jewish and Muslim circumcision of boys “a religious rite which does not present risks for children and should be respected as a longstanding religious tradition.”

Titled “Freedom of religion and religious practices,” the December 11 motion urges the assembly to make recommendations on tolerance of religious practices. It also mentions an earlier, anti-circumcision resolution that the assembly passed in October.

Titled “Children’s Right to Physical Integrity,” the October resolution calls non-medical circumcision of boys a “violation of the physical integrity of children.” In an unusual move, Israel’s Foreign Ministry had condemned that resolution, warning it was helping to foster hate.

Nimrod Barkan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, told JTA that the Israeli Foreign Ministry, through its missions around the world, had campaigned over the last two months to collect signatures of council parliamentarians opposing the October resolution. That resolution had passed thanks to 78 assembly members out of the 91 who participated in that vote.

The assembly’s bureau will decide next month whether to follow up on the new motion by compiling a report on religious freedoms or to take no further action, Catalano, the assembly spokeswoman, told JTA. If a report is compiled, the assembly will vote on whether to adopt its resolutions.

Resolutions passed by the assembly cannot be revised, but new ones may be passed, she added.

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9 Responses to “Council of Europe to Support of Ritual Circumcision”

  1. Clo Clo says:

    Good. b.c my son WILL be circumsized

  2. Isn’t it wonderfully kind that gentiles allow us to be Jews?!

  3. Paul James says:

    just like circumcision this is a lie, this is a motion, and has not been passed, however, the overwhelming evidence that it is bad has and will remain something that has

  4. Paul James says:

    in response to clo clo, you tell them..that will show them what a big man you are, you are able to force someone to be a jew…what's next, genocide of gentiles

  5. Maryann Ciesla Lempert says:

    Paul James: No one is being forced to be a Jew. this motion is made to allow the Jews and Muslims to continue the ceremonial circumcision (non-hospital). This circumcisions are uaually made in the home (by Jewish tradition) by a mohel (a doctor or person trained to do this).

  6. Paul James says:

    know what a jew is without plastic surgery..a gentile..know what a semite is at birth genetically …whole you can't make a race or a people after the fact…

  7. Amazing, but men, who were circumcised, have less chance of being affected with aids, than the uncircumcised men.
    Jewish penises are clean, and do not have the forskin which can be affected by having sex with a woman who is HIV positive.
    That is why G-d gave the Jews the command to be circumcised.

    Just on the lighter side.
    Some years ago, I was listening to a radio quiz. The question was, "who was the first person to circumnavigate the world?" The answer was. "It must have been a rabbi!"
    Enjoy that one

  8. Ron Low says:

    I doubt this motion will pass. I high percentage of the PACE members voted for the original resolution acknowledging that forced circumcision violates the child's basic human rights.

  9. Joseph Lewis says:

    The title could better read "Council of Europe to Pander to Israeli MKs"

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