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        12/10/2013, Tevet 7, 5774

      Delegation to Europe in Battle Against Brit Ban

      Member of Knesset Reuven Rivlin (Likud Beytenu) will lead a delegation of religious and secular Knesset members to the Council of Europe, Tuesday evening, in an effort to overturn its recommendation from October for its member states to ban ritual circumcision (brit milah in Hebrew). The delegation is expected to meet with a series of faction heads and members of the council's presidium to promote a new hearing on the matter.

      The former Knesset speaker said that cancellation of the decision "is a common cause of Jews, Muslims and all who believe in freedom of religion and conscience. There is a real fear that this decision will infiltrate across other European parliaments and extend to other religious themes, such as ritual slaughter." He added, "Our goal is to make it clear to the Europeans that even if intervention in political and regional issues may be legitimate, the intervention in matters of Judaism and freedom of religion is not legitimate."