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Motion to Ban Non-Medical Circumcision Introduced in Sweden

By: JTA

A motion to ban the non-medical circumcision of males younger than 18 was presented to the Swedish parliament.

Two lawmakers from the rightist Sweden Democrats party, noting that female genital mutilation is illegal in Sweden, submitted the motion to the Riksdag on Tuesday. A vote on the motion has not been set.

Bjorn Soder and Per Ramhorn wrote in the measure that “boys should have the same right to avoid both complications of reduced sensitivity in the genitals, painful erections, increased risk of kidney damage and psychological distress by permanent removal, and the tremendous violation of privacy that circumcision actually means.”

The motion proposes to scrap legislation from 2001 that says circumcision of newborns is permissible if it is performed by a “licensed professional.”

Jewish ritual circumcisers, or mohalim, in Sweden receive their licenses from the country’s health board, but a nurse or doctor must still be present when they perform the procedure.

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party was established in 1988 but only made it into parliament following unprecedented gains in the 2010 elections, when it garnered 5.7 percent of the votes, or 20 seats out of 349 in Sweden’s parliament. The opposition party is the sixth largest faction in the Riksdag.

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the European Conference of Rabbis, said the proposal “betrays a dangerous ignorance of what is involved in the practice of milah as compared with the abhorrent practice of Female Genital Mutilation.” The motion’s authors “seem to have overlooked the fact that if circumcision were to be banned, that would itself represent the most serious violation of human rights in recent memory,” he added in a statement.

Ritual circumcision of underage boys increasingly has come under attack in Scandinavia, both by left-wing secularists as well as right-wingers who fear the influence of immigration from Muslim countries.

The opposition follows a ruling last year by a German court in Cologne that ritual circumcision amounted to a criminal act. The ruling was overturned but triggered temporary bans in Austria and Switzerland.

Sweden has about 20,000 Jews and 500,000 Muslims, according to a U.S. State Department report from 2011.

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7 Responses to “Motion to Ban Non-Medical Circumcision Introduced in Sweden”

  1. truthseekr says:

    Again, these things will continue to happen until the Jews return to Israel. Jews in Sweden, if you don’t like being persecuted, come home to Israel, where we Jews make the laws.

  2. Buckwheat2 says:

    This is aimed at getting the Muslims out of Sweden.

  3. Ralph Haglund says:

    It is unfortunate that SD is the only party one can vote for here in Sweden – stilill they are loud about their obsession to be against male circumcision and kosher slaughter AND it is especially two religion-hating Jews in the party shouting loudest about it! Unfortunately ALL the other parties want to import millions and millions of illegal illiterate muslims without asking the taxpayers about it. We have already lots and lots of problems, the access to hospital care is just going down as we have no money……

  4. BashaKline says:

    This is just the “tip of the ‘Berg” – the rumblings of Europe’s hatred of Jews and this smacks of pre-war Germany’s foot in the door toward another abhorrent period in Jewish history – it is the awakening of dragons!

  5. Buckwheat2 says:

    truthseekr  So why are the streets full of African non jews? Are Africans now Jews too ?

  6. Buckwheat2 says:

    BashaKline Another abhorrent period? I would say that its been continuous for 2500 years at least. Need to get away from communism/socialism that Jews thought would finally make them accepted by goyims, which backfired.

  7. truthseekr says:

    Buckwheat2 truthseekr No, that’s an example of lax border security. Many are being deported. It’s a problem because we don’t have diplomatic relations with countries involved. We did solve the border hole to stop future immigration, but still are working on those already here. We’re not tough enough with free-loaders. Please be aware that we’re talking about Somalians here, not the Ethiopians, who ARE Jews and not the troublemakers. The label “African” is way too general. the Ethiopians are lovely people in my experience.

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