Over 1,000 Muslims form 'ring of peace' around Oslo synagogue, chanting "No to anti-Semitism."

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a An anti-hate campaign launched by Norway’s Muslim community last week, after a tragic attack on a Denmark synagogue, culminated tonight with over 1,000 Muslims forming a ‘ring of peace’ around an Oslo synagogue. Citizens linked hands, chanted anti-hate slogans and offered a show of solidarity with Norway’s Jewish community, one of the smallest in Europe.
Via Reuters:

Chanting “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia,” Norway’s Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend.
“Humanity is one and we are here to demonstrate that,” Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the protest’s organizers told a crowd of Muslim immigrants and ethnic Norwegians who filled the small street around Oslo’s only functioning synagogue.
“There are many more peace mongers than warmongers,” Abdullah said as organizers and Jewish community leaders stood side by side. “There’s still hope for humanity, for peace and love, across religious differences and backgrounds.”

This show of solidarity came at the close of the Jewish Sabbath, with Norway’s Chief Rabbi, Michael Melchior, singing to the crowd and marking the end of Shabbat outside the synagogue’s walls.

Image via the AP.

Anti-semitic and Islamaphobic attacks are on the rise throughout Europe, even in Scandinavia, where mosques have been firebombed in Sweden and Jews attacked in Denmark in recent months (to name just two of several incidents).
Tonight’s show of solidarity, Jews and Muslims standing together against hate, was called “unique” by Ervin Kohn, head of the Oslo Jewish community. However, such stances done quietly among individuals and friends are common.
Perhaps it’s time for more of these public shows of solidarity to take place, with the next one being Jews circling a mosque in the next ‘ring of peace,’ inspired both by this action and by U.K. Jews who protected a London mosque in 2013.


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