A proposed law to outlaw male circumcision in Iceland has sparked outrage among Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities. Although circumcision is widely done for religious and cultural reasons, a bill in the Icelandic parliament calls for someone to imprisoned for up to six years if the procedure is not done solely for medical reasons. The proposed bill states that "Anyone who... causes damage to the body or health of a child or a woman by... removing sexual organs shall be imprisoned for up to six years."

The hand of the Prophet Isaiah himself may have created an 8th-century BCE seal impression discovered in First Temple remains near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, according to Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar. “We appear to have discovered a seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah, in a scientific, archaeological excavation,” said Mazar this week in a press release announcing the breathtaking discovery. Mazar’s team uncovered the minuscule bulla, or seal impression, during renewed excavations at the Ophel, located at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The discovery was published on Wednesday in an article, “Is This the Prophet Isaiah’s Signature?” as part of a massive March-June issue of the Biblical Archaeology Review dedicated to its recently retired founding editor, Hershel Shanks. The clay impression is inscribed with letters and what appears to be a grazing doe, “a motif of blessing and protection found in Judah, particularly in Jerusalem,” according to the BAR article.

Jeremy Corbyn’s support for men to self-identify as women is alienating Labour Party supporters. The Labour leader reiterated his position last month, and the Party has also opened up some female-only posts to men who say they are women in recent weeks. Writing on the parenting website Mumsnet, one woman described herself as “a staunch Corbynite, and party activist” but his remarks on transsexualism had prompted her to turn away from the Labour leader. Another Labour supporter, who said she had campaigned for the Party in the General Election, said: “This is a very important issue for me and I believe for women in general.” She added that if self-identification was introduced, she may not vote for the Party. “I fervently hope that he is also interested in listening with an open mind to feminist concerns”, she commented.