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MKs to traverse Europe to combat anti-circumcision proposalsBy LAHAV HARKOV10/23/2013 20:36Edelstein calls urgent meeting of MKs; Tibi: This is a joint, moral interest of Jews and Muslims.
Baby undergoes circumcision Photo: REUTERS
MKs plan to travel through Europe in the coming weeks to battle anti-circumcision legislation.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein called 15 MKs who head caucuses for relations with different European countries to discuss how to fight the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s resolution from earlier this month calling male ritual circumcision “a violation of the physical integrity of children” and that states should protect children “against violations of their physical integrity according to human rights standards.”
In addition, the MKs will check if there are bills on the dockets of parliaments in Europe that are meant to outlaw circumcision and work to block them by explaining the importance of the ritual to Jews and Muslims.
“This is a battle that unites religions. The PACE decision is scandalous and can set Europe on fire,” Edelstein warned.
The Knesset Speaker said that at that moment a European MP could be trying to pass the resolution as law in his or her country and the MKs must do all they can to stop it.
MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) said that, although he does not usually travel with Knesset delegations, he will join this battle.
“I can’t imagine that circumcision will become illegal,” Tibi stated. “We [Jews and Muslims] have a joint interest of the first order, an interest that is supreme and moral. We must fight together.”