Members of five different parliamentary parties in Iceland submitted a joint proposal for a bill that would outlaw circumcisions in Iceland.
According to the proposed bill, a sentence of up to six years in prison would be handed out to anyone who organizes a ritual circumcision in the country.
According to the reasoning behind the bill, circumcision constitutes an infringement of the rights of young children, and will only be allowed if there is sufficient medical reasoning given for the specific patient in question.
“The children have the right to decide whether or not they want to have a circumcision. The parents may teach their children regarding religious reasoning behind it, but it must be the child’s decision once they reach the proper age of decision making,” reasoned the bill. The bill did not set a specific age requirement for how old the children have to be when they make that decision.
The proposal was submited by members of parliament after hearing from a Danish medical commission that men should not have circumcisions until they are 18 years old.
The legislation was put forward by eight of Iceland’s 63-member parliament, including MPs from the Progressive Party – part of the ruling coalition in Reykjavik – the Pirate Party, the Left Greens – also in coalition – and the People’s Party.
The European Rabbinic Council responded to the proposal and said: “Brit Milah is an important and critical part of Jewish life. There is now a world body in existence who will prohibit Jews from carrying out this holy and important commandment from God.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)