Peres takes up circumcision battle

President Shimon Peres, on Monday sent a letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland asking for his intervention on  the recent ban on ritual circumcision by the Council of Europe and urging the Council to reconsider its decision.
Stressing the great importance of circumcision in Jewish and Muslim religious tradition, Peres noted that male circumcision has been practiced by Jewish communities for thousands of years and is a fundamental element and obligation of Jewish tradition
Addressing Jagland by his first name, as an indication of their close relationship, and reminding him that he has dedicated a large part of his career to defending civil liberties, Peres stressed that Jewish communities across Europe would be greatly afflicted to see their cultural and religious freedom impeded upon by the Council of Europe, which Peres observed is "an institution devoted to the protection of these very rights."
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