To: The Honourable Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Speaker of Althingi

From: Rabbi Dr. Rene Pfertzel, Chair, European Rabbinic Assembly

Date: 1 May 2018

RE: Referal of Proposed ban on ritual circumcision to Cabinet

The European Rabbinic Assembly (ERA), serving 170 Progressive Jewish communities in 17 European countries expresses its appreciation to Iceland’s legislature for dismissing the proposed ban on ritual circumcision, not bringing it to a floor vote.

We note the many Jewish and Muslim leaders and organisations that have spoken out against the bill, including the Icelandic Church and the Cath...

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