Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Norwegian Children's Ombudsman Urges End To Ritual Circumcision of Boys

JTA reported Monday that Norway's ombudsman for children has proposed that Jews and Muslims replace circumcision of boys with a symbolic non-surgical ritual. Saying that "Muslim and Jewish children are entitled to the same protection as all other children," Dr. Anne Lindboe told a Norwegian paper last month that circumcision in boys is a violation of their right to make decisions about their own body. The president of Oslo's Jewish community responded that the mandate of Norway’s children’s ombudsman does not extend to devising Jewish rituals.