Inon Schenker, an AIDS prevention specialist, is director of Operation Abraham, a project launched last year that dispatched Israeli surgeons to teach circumcision in Africa.
Studies conducted between 2004 and 2006 in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya found that the risk of contracting AIDS in heterosexual sex is 50-60% less among men who are circumcised.
Because it is obligatory under Jewish law, male circumcision is nearly universal in Israel.
With the support of the Hadassah Medical Organization, the Jerusalem AIDS Project sent three delegations of surgeons to teach adult circumcision in Swaziland, the southern African nation with the highest prevalence of AIDS in the world.
The Israeli teams included an Israeli Arab doctor with experience in Muslim ritual circumcision.
There is another types of Muslim ritual circumcision called female genital mutilation (FGM).