Hundreds of Norwegian Muslims formed a human shield around a synagogue

2015-02-23 08:17:50 | Al Muslim News
Hundreds of Norwegian Muslims formed a human shield around a synagogue


NORWEGIAN MUSLIMS formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, in a show of solidarity and symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on free speech seminar and synagogue in neighboring Denmark a week ago. "No to anti-Semitism. No to Islamophobia." That was the slogan chanted by what's estimated to be more than 1,000 Muslims who created a human shield, or what they called a "ring of peace," around a synagogue Norway’s chief rabbi said it was the first time the ceremony had taken place outdoors with so many people. a group of young Muslims, most of them teenage girls wearing headscarves, formed a symbolic circle outside the building from a crowd of more than 1,000 people. Several Muslim speakers said that Islam was a religion of peace and that “its true face” had nothing to do with terrorism — despite what they said was unfair reporting in certain Nordic media which portrayed Muslims “as a problem”. The initiative by Norway’s Muslim youth to link arms with Norwegian Jews in a ring around Oslo’s synagogue was an effort to condemn rise of recent violence against Jewish communities in Europe. There was a heavy police presence at the event, but no incidents were reported. Jewish community in Norway is around 1,000 and the Muslim population, which has been growing steadily through immigration, is estimated 150,000 to 200,000. Norway has a population of about 5.2 million..

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