August 7, 2012
Norway's ombudsman for children's rights has proposed that Jews and
Muslims replace male circumcision with a symbolic, nonsurgical ritual.
Dr. Anne Lindboe told the newspaper Vart Land last month that
circumcising boys was a violation of their right to decide over their
"Muslim and Jewish children are entitled to the same protection as all
other children," Lindboe said, adding that the practice caused
unnecessary pain and was medically unbeneficial.
Lindboe, a pediatrician, was appointed ombudsman in June. Her
predecessor, Reidar Hjermann, proposed setting 15 as the minimum age for
circumcision. According to Jewish religious law, Jewish babies must be
circumcised when they are eight days old.
The Ombudsman for Children in Norway is an independent governmental
institution entrusted with safeguarding the rights of minors.
Full article: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/replace-circumcision-with-symbolic-ritual-says-norwegian-children-s-watchdog-1.456443