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The Foreigner Norway Foreign Minister discounts circumcision veto. Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende says assures the Wiesenthal Center (SWC) that a proposal to ban infant male circumcision will not be on the agenda. The Conservative Party's (H) Minister Brende wrote a letter to the international Jewish human rights organization, Friday, stating: “the Norwegian Government recognizes the importance of ritual male circumcision for the Jewish community in Norway… [and] it will not propose a ban on ritual circumcision”.          It was sent to the Center’s Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Director of Government Affairs Mark Weitzman.                

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Norway Foreign Minister discounts circumcision veto

Published on Monday, 25th November, 2013 at 19:49 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende says assures the Wiesenthal Center (SWC) that a proposal to ban infant male circumcision will not be on the agenda.



The Conservative Party's (H) Minister Brende wrote a letter to the international Jewish human rights organization, Friday, stating: “the Norwegian Government recognizes the importance of ritual male circumcision for the Jewish community in Norway… [and] it will not propose a ban on ritual circumcision”.         

It was sent to the Center’s Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Director of Government Affairs Mark Weitzman.                

Both Rabbi Cooper and Mr. Weitzman have commended the Norwegian Government for their move not to ban Brit Milah – a ceremony performed by a Mohel – and “for reaffirming their commitment to protecting ‘religious freedom as enshrined in international law’”, wrote Israeli media network Arutz Sheva.

Earlier this month, the Norwegian government’s Ministry of Health had proposed introducing legislation to regulate ritual circumcision. It came following a call by Norway Children’s Ombudsman Anne Lindboe to ban non-medical circumcision of minors.

Minister of Health Bent Høie stated that the new legislation on non-medical circumcision would be introduced in April next year, national daily Aftenposten reported at the time.

“The Jewish world is for the first time confronted with efforts in numerous countries to ban Jewish rituals,” said the Wiesenthal Center last week.

“We urge all European democracies who currently criminalize or are seeking to criminalize core Judaic practices to recognize that such laws and initiatives stand in direct defiance of international laws protecting religious freedom,” they added.



Published on Monday, 25th November, 2013 at 19:49 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

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