Just days before the Council of Europe is scheduled to hold hearings on a controversial resolution
supporting banning male circumcision
across the continent, a 10-person delegation of Muslim and Jewish clerics met with the organization’s secretary-general, Thorbjorn Jagland.
The meeting was the
first time that Muslim leaders had joined alongside Jewish clerics in
lobbying in opposition to the proposed ban and was an initiative of the
Gathering of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders (GEMJL), an affiliate of
the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), which represents imams
and rabbis in 25 European countries.