More than 1,000 people form ‘ring of peace’ outside Oslo synagogue

Published:  23 Feb at 4 PM
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Over 1,000 people congregated outside Oslo’s main synagogue on Saturday to form a “ring of peace” in support of the city’s Jewish community in the wake of recent anti-sematic attacks across Europe.

The event, which was organised by a group of young Muslims living in the Norwegian capital, was aimed at showing people that Islam was not about the attacks in Paris and Copenhagen but about “love and unity”, according to Hajrah Arshad, one of the six planners.

Fellow group leader Zeeshan Abdullah explained to the crowd that they wanted to show people that Muslims and Jews did not hate each other. He pointed out that there were “more peace-mongers than warmongers”, adding that individuals should not be able to define what Islam meant to the majority of Muslims.

Michael Melchior, the chief rabbi in Oslo, sang the traditional song to signal the end of the Sabbath in front of the large crowd that were holding hands to show unity outside the picturesque white synagogue.

Hassan Raja, another of the event’s organisers, said he had never heard the song before, while the Jewish community leader in the Norwegian capital, Ervin Kohn, described the gathering in the freezing conditions as “unique”.
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