NGO urges Swiss government to allow ritual circumcision

July 26, 2012 20:23

The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Thursday urged the government of Switzerland to allow circumcision after a number of Swiss hospitals reportedly suspended the practice.

“Without strong, unequivocal leadership from the top, these initiatives will further embolden anti-Semitism in the mainstream of European society,” warned Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center, in a letter to the Swiss ambassador to the US.

Hospitals in Zurich and St. Gallen reportedly ended the ritual practice of circumcision on Jewish and Muslim boys following a German court ban on the practice.

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