Fighting the cut

Recent European attacks on circumcision mark a new expression of anti-Semitism that threatens communal Jewish life.

October 17, 2013 11:22
Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis.

Pinchas Goldschmidt 521. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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At the beginning of the month, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a body made up lawmakers from 47 mostly European countries, adopted a resolution identifying circumcision as a violation of male children’s “physical integrity.”

Luckily, PACE, which has called on European nations “to adopt specific legal provisions to ensure that certain operations and practices will not be carried out before a child is old enough to be consulted,” is powerless to make binding laws.


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