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Peres asks Jagland to stop resolution on circumcision
Israeli President Shimon Peres asks that the resolution will be overturned.
Wednesday 9 October 2013 , 10 AM : 20
Shimon Peres asks in a letter to the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said that the resolution prohibiting circumcision of boys transformed.
The resolution proposes that member states in Europewill ban the circumcision of eight days old Jewish boy . The letter from the Israeli President Peres addressed to Jagland ,uses Jagland’s first name . It shows the close friendship between the two, writes the newspaper Dagen .
In the letter, Peres emphasizes the importance of circumcision in Jewish and Muslim religious tradition.
He points out that circumcision of boys has been practiced by the Jewish community for thousands of years as a basic rule and commitment within Judaism.
The President reminds the former Norwegian politicians and Labor Prime Minister that he has devoted much of his career to defend civil rights .
Cultural and religious rights
– Jewish communities throughout Europe will be severely affected if they were to see their cultural and religious rights being trampled on by the European Council , an institution that is committed to protecting these rights , writes Peres .
According to Dagen, the resolution was referred to as everything from imprudent to anti-Semitic .
The Council of Europe has 47 member states and is not part of the EU.