A Knesset-produced film defending bris milah was shown to members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Congress of Europe (PACE) on Tuesday night as part of an Israeli campaign to avert a threatened ban on the continent, The Jerusalem Post reported.
MK Nachman Shai (Labor) presented “For Life,” which explains that circumcision is not harmful to baby boys and is vital to religious freedom.
The Knesset presentation comes in response to a recent PACE resolution seeking to limit bris milah, which could lead to a ban in member countries. The resolution characterized it as a “violation of the physical integrity of children” and their human rights.
Shai aired the film at the PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, which held a debate in Strasbourg of four doctors from the U.S., Germany, Turkey and France on the pros and cons of circumcision.
“We see this decision [to limit ritual circumcision] as deeply harmful and a violation of religious freedom,” Shai told the committee. “This is not just a medical matter, but a Jewish tradition, which we, as Jews, will continue to uphold.”