JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has condemned a pronouncement by a European advisory council against male ritual circumcision, a practice that Jewish leaders consider central to their faith.
In a non-binding resolution this week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said circumcision was "a violation of the physical integrity of children."
It urged European states to take action to protect the rights of children.
Israel's Foreign Ministry on Friday called on the council to annul the move, saying the tradition is key to "two important religions, Judaism and Islam."
Spokesman Yigal Palmor said "any comparison of this tradition to the reprehensible and barbaric practice of female genital mutilation" was both ignorant and inciting of religious hatred.
Palmor warned that although the resolution wasn't binding, it could influence European parliaments to ban circumcision.
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An eight-year-old boy was shot Thursday morning in Cattaraugus County. Officials are at the scene on West Road, in Leon.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.