Council of Europe rejects Israeli criticism of anti-circumcision resolution

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Friday rejected Israeli criticism of its resolution calling for the regulation of circumcision practices, denying Jerusalem's claims that it compared Jewish circumcision of male children to female genital mutilation.
AFP quoted the rapporteur responsible for the text of the council's resolution as saying Friday that it "in no way compares the circumcision of boys to female genital mutilation."
"We did mention different categories of violation of the physical integrity of children, which we, however, very clearly distinguished and did not mix up in any way," Marlene Rupprecht said in a statement.
She added that the resolution "does not intend to stigmatize any religious community or its practices."
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