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Norwegian Muslims will form a human shield around an Oslo synagogue

Hundreds of people gather for a vigil Feb. 16, 2015, in Copenhagen after a gunman killed two people and shot up a synagogue. (Michael Probst/Associated Press)

Norwegian Muslims will form a human shield around an Oslo synagogue

February 18 at 12:40 PM

The headlines have been grim. Europe’s Jews face “rising anti-Semitism“; in some countries, many are leaving in “record numbers.” In separate incidents in recent months, gunmen have targeted Jews and Jewish institutions in Paris and Copenhagen. Even the Jewish dead have not been left in peace, with reports of graves being desecrated.

But the future of tolerance and multiculturalism in Europe is far from bleak. The bigotry on view has been carried out by a fringe minority, cast all the more in the shade by the huge peace marches and vigils that followed the deadly attacks. And some communities are trying to build solidarity in their home towns and cities.

One group of Muslims in Norway plans to form a “ring of peace” around a synagogue in Oslo on Saturday. On a Facebook page promoting the event, the group explained its motivations. Here’s a translated version of the invite:

Islam is about protecting our brothers and sisters, regardless of which religion they belong to. Islam is about rising above hate and never sinking to the same level as the haters. Islam is about defending each other. Muslims want to show that we deeply deplore all types of hatred of Jews, and that we are there to support them. We will therefore create a human ring around the synagogue on Saturday 21 February. Encourage everyone to come!

According to the Times of Israel, Ervin Kohn, a leader of Oslo’s small Jewish community, had agreed to allowing the event on the condition that more than 30 people show up — a small gathering would make the effort look “counter-productive,” Kohn said. Close to 1,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they will attend.

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  • golden izanagi

    yes I see geller said something about the event claiming its some kind of hoax http://pamelageller.com/2015/02/media-hoax-20-muslims-holding-hands-become-1000-strong-ring-of-peace-at-oslo-synagogue-organizer-blamed-jews-for-911.html/ and wow such wit she shows a “ring of lies” she calls it.

  • Trimmercastle42

    I think smile dip is much worse

    Not even once

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Actually, there have been negative articles about the event from the ususal suspects. But, here is a different article that rebuts the articles putting the event down, arguing that those negative articles are rife with misinformation: http://www.timesofisrael.com/misinformation-mars-oslo-interfaith-peace-ring/ .

  • Iman

    I hope the Jews understand that and don’t fall in the Zionist trap again .

  • Cengiz_K

    I think i see him.. He is the one with the bengalese attire, a double horned helmet on his head..

  • HSkol

    But, I can’t seem to pick out Tanveer the Viking …

  • mindy1

    :)

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    Because it wouldn’t help Bibi’s agenda of getting more Jews to migrate to Israel.

  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    This is the spirit of Sultan Salah al Din Ayubi. Sultan Salah al Din protected Muslims, Jews and Christians against an element that was foreign in nature to all three religions.

    “Je suis Sultan Salah al Din”…

  • http://www.yellow-stars.com/ eslaporte

    The “rising anti-semitism” is actually from the radical right…

  • Iman

    Why don’t israel protect these jews?

  • mindy1

    I meant mainstream news but it is nice to see it get recognized :)

  • http://www.traditionalisthome.com Jean Markale

    You forgot to say Mekaleka hai meka haini ho…

  • Just_Stopping_By
  • Trimmercastle42

    Well, it makes as much sense as saying that muslims want to take over the world like some saturday morning cartoon villains.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    But isn’t Atlantis under water? It wouldn’t make sense to fly there – you.need my good friend, The Little Mermaid.

  • Trimmercastle42

    While we’re waiting, I’ll be playing soccer with Cthulhu and bigfoot on top of flying pink unicorn on our way to Atlantis

  • mindy1

  • mindy1

    Awesome 😀 I wish the news would publish that :))

  • mindy1

    Aww this is humanity at its best 😀 😀 why does this not happen more

  • Mehdi

    Thanks.

  • Solid Snake

    I wish I could attend. I am proud of all Norwegians for not allowing hate and violence to divide them.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    It should be noted that while this is a prominent event, it is by no means the only outreach by Scandinavian Muslims. For example: “In Copenhagen, dozens of imams representing nearly all the local Islamic communities visited the synagogue on Monday as part of a coordinated show of unity between the Jewish community and Copenhagen’s largest mosque.”

  • golden izanagi

    I’m sure geller and spencer have plans of writing a highly detailed article about this event, followed by their commenters having intelligent discussions.(sarcasm)

  • HSkol

    Good neighborly stuff. I hope Tanveer is able to attend. 😉

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