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Salem-News.com (May-06-2014 11:21)

American Intactivist Urges Denmark to Respect Male Human Rights

All over the world, boys, girls, and intersex children share stories like mine. The context varies, the method of mutilation varies, the language varies, but one thing thing cuts across all of these stories – we resent what was done without our consent. Moral leadership is key to standing strong on the issue.

(COPENHAGEN Copenhagen Post) - M Thomas Frederiksen The Danish people should know that the world is watching your debate on underage ritual circumcision.

This is deeply personal and important to me, as I am myself a victim of this vile practice – due to my misfortune of being born in the United States. Although my young mother was not keen on the idea, a doctor insisted on doing it, and she relented.

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Salem-News.com (May-04-2014 10:47)

Alicia Silverstone Nixes Circumcision

Jewish actress cites medical studies in speaking out against performing a ‘brit’ in her latest book

(TEL AVIV) - Hollywood actress Alicia Silverstone. (photo credit: YouTube screenshot) In her new book, “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning,” the celebrity explains her personal decision not to circumcise her son, Bear, according to the website Beyond the Bris: News and Views on Jewish Circumcision.

"I was raised Jewish, so the second my parents found out that they had a male grandchild..."

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Salem-News.com (Mar-07-2014 14:15)

Historic European Circumcision Debate Draws Nearly 300

Previous Resolution Called Circumcision a Violation of Physical Integrity

(BOSTON) - Cutting tools for circumcision The growing European debate about circumcision led to the first international interdisciplinary dialogue on the subject recently at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France (video). This major meeting discussed an October non-binding resolution overwhelmingly passed by the Council of Europe, an organization of 47 member States.

The resolution called circumcision, among other procedures, a violation of the physical integrity of children according to established human rights standards.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-16-2014 17:28)

Choosing Not to Circumcise - Last Frontier of Jewish Inclusion?

How can synagogues make their members — and prospective members — feel more welcome?

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Parents washed their son's feet (Brit Rechitzah) as a symbolic sign of Jewish covenant and welcoming, rather than circumcising him. Some synagogues send a message of inclusion, stating on their websites that they welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews, Jews of color, disabled Jews and interfaith families.

But there’s one Jewish minority that’s rarely, if ever, mentioned: the growing number of Jewish parents who choose not to circumcise their newborn sons.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-13-2014 14:17)

Petition Sent to Israeli Supreme Court About Circumcision

Over 35,000 Support Mother Who Resists Court Order to Circumcise Son.

(BOSTON) - ISRAEL: Jewish Mom Makes Case for Intactivism. The Jewish Circumcision Resource Center, representing Jews around the world who question circumcision and choose not to circumcise their sons, submitted a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court.

It supports a mother who wants to forgo circumcision and has over 35,000 signatures.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-29-2014 22:31)

101 Reasons Not to Circumcise

Includes Salem-News.com's two anti-circumcision songs by Agron Belica.

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Salem-News.com Circumcision can cause numerous complications such as hemorrhaging, Chordee (bending of the penis), urinary retention, penile adhesions (skin attachments), swelling, partial amputation of the penis, loss of the penis, and death.

Many studies have documented infections that have occurred through circumcision such as tetanus, diphtheria, staphylococcus...

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Salem-News.com (Jan-19-2014 16:58)

Foreskin Advocate Speaks at UBC`s Buchanan Building

“There’s a 2,000-year body of Jewish writing, a 200 year body of medical writing illustrating that the purpose of circumcision is permanently damaging an innocent boy so that, when puberty comes, he will not be able to fully enjoy sex” - children’s rights activist Glen Callender

(VANCOUVER, BC) - Glen Callender of CAN-FAP spoke at UBC on Friday. Photo Carter Brundage/The Ubyssey It’s a rare thing to meet an activist who manages to remain persuasive and credible when naked from the waist down.

Judging by the audience’s reaction to children’s rights activist Glen Callender’s presentation at UBC on Friday, he pulled it off.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-18-2014 13:36)

Jewish Intactivist Writes Letter to Rabbi: Can you give me back my foreskin?

Open letter to Bent Lexner, Chief Rabbi of Denmark.

(COPENHAGEN) - At the Bris Shalom, the parents washed their son's feet (Brit Rechitzah) as a symbolic sign of Jewish covenant March 1980: a man drives into a neighborhood south of Copenhagen. He stops in front of a terraced house, walks up the stairs to the first floor and into the bedroom where he proceeds to greet the people present. He recites a number of verses – and then he cuts of my foreskin and takes it with him.

32 years later I have grown up to write to you, Bent Lexner, because you are Chief Rabbi and in charge of Jewish circumcisions in Denmark.

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Salem-News.com (Oct-19-2013 15:00)

MALE CIRCUMCISION: Nordic Ombudspersons Will Seek a Ban on Non-Therapeutic Male Circumcision

Circumcision without a medical indication on a person unable to provide informed consent conflicts with basic principles of medical ethics...

(OSLO) - non-therapeutic circumcision of underage boys The medical communities of several European nations are taking a stand against male circumcision.

At a meeting held 30 September 2013 in Oslo, the children's ombudspersons from the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland), and the children's spokesperson from Greenland, in addition to representatives of associations of Nordic paediatricians and pediatric surgeons, have agreed to work with their respective national governments to achieve a ban on non-therapeutic circumcision of underage boys.

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Salem-News.com (Oct-02-2013 16:52)

Council of Europe Adopts Resolution That Opposes Circumcision

The Council of Europe, founded in 1949, is an international organization that promotes cooperation in the areas of human rights, legal standards, and democratic development.

(BOSTON) - Council of Europe Yesterday the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe agreed on a resolution in support of "children's right to physical integrity."

The purpose is to reinforce the protection of children's rights, oppose violence against children, and promote children's participation in decisions that affect them.

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