Icelandic MP’s from five parties are promoting legislation aimed at banning bris milah – a ban European Jews fear could be imitated by other legislatures on the continent.
While acknowledging the role bris milah plays in Judaism, the law says that “the rights of a child” outweigh the “rights of the parents to give their children guidance when it comes to religion”. The legislation is supported by the Progressive Party, the Pirate Party, the Left-Greens and the People’s Party.
The move was swiftly condemned by the Conference of European Rabbis. “Circumcision is an important and critical part of Jewish life and there is no authority in the world that can forbid Jews from fulfilling this important mitzvah,” said President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt.
“Even though the Jewish population in Iceland is small, it is impossible to ignore the dangerous precedent set by this law and the implications that may lead to other countries,” Rabbi Goldschmidt continued. “We call upon the decision-makers to immediately cancel this horrible legislation and to support Jewish life without restrictions”. Read moore at Arutz Sheva.