The circumcision of girls is already banned in the Netherlands, but the circumcision of boys should now be the subject of public debate, says the KNMG federation of doctors.See also: Netherlands: Doctors would like to ban circumcision
The KNMG is calling on human rights groups and the children’s ombudsman to make explicit statements on the issue.
Muslim and Jewish organisations are not pleased with the move. “Circumcision is a precept of our faith, which we want to continue observing,” Driss El Boujoufi from the umbrella organisation, the union of Moroccan mosques, explains to Trouw newspaper.
The Jewish point of view also couldn’t be clearer. “No appreciable change can be made to the practice of circumcision,” says Rabbi Raphael Evers of the NIK Orthodox Jewish umbrella organisation.