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Israel condemns European body's pronouncement against male circumcision
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, October 4, 2013 9:22 AM EDT
Israel has condemned a pronouncement by a European advisory council against male ritual circumcision, a practice that Jewish leaders consider central to their faith.
It urged European states to take action to protect the rights of children.
Israel's Foreign Ministry on Friday called on the council to annul the move, saying the tradition is key to "two important religions, Judaism and Islam."
Spokesman Yigal Palmor said "any comparison of this tradition to the reprehensible and barbaric practice of female genital mutilation" was both ignorant and inciting of religious hatred.
Palmor warned that although the resolution wasn't binding, it could influence European parliaments to ban circumcision.