Reyk­javik, Ice­land

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Cir­cum­ci­sion law pro­posed: To the dis­may of Mus­lim and Jewish lead­ers, Ice­land could be­come the first coun­try in Europe to ban the cir­cum­ci­sion of boys for non-med­i­cal rea­sons. In Ju­daism, baby boys are cir­cum­cised at eight days old; in Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, it typ­i­cally takes place later in child­hood. A draft law cur­rently go­ing through par­lia­ment pro­poses penal­ties of up to six years in prison for any­one car­ry­ing out a cir­cum­ci­sion. There are around 1,500 Mus­lims in Ice­land and about 250 Jews; crit­ics say a le­gal ban on cir­cum­ci­sion is an at­tack on re­li­gious free­dom that would make life there un­sus­tain­able for both com­mu­ni­ties.

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