I saw this story floating across an Israeli news page and knew immediately that I had to write about it. It comes to us from Oslo, Norway, and it is a beautiful example of how all humans should treat each other – no matter race, creed, religion or nationality.
A group of Norwegian Muslims is gathering this weekend to hold an anti-violence demonstration outside of an Oslo, Norway synagogue on the Sabbath. The group will form a “peace ring” around the building in order to show that some Muslims are not anti-Semites and violence is always wrong. The rally comes in response to the recent attack on Jews in Copenhagen, Denmark, which followed quickly upon the murder of 4 Jews in a Kosher deli in Paris on the same day as the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
17-year old Hajrad Arshad is one of the organizers of the event, and she explained to the Norwegian Broadcasting Company NRK why the Oslo Muslim community would be holding the event.
“We think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews that is happening,”
The local Jewish community was worried that the event would not draw many people to help, but thus far over 1000 people have committed to going on the events Facebook page.
Ervin Kohn, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community welcomed the initiative.
“What they are communicating is that if anyone wants to do anything against Jews in Norway, they have to go through us first, and I think that is very positive,” he said.
“I’ve said that it only comes to 30, it won’t be good, it may seem counter-productive,” he said. “But if you fill Bergstien [the street where the synagogue is based], it will be very good.”
Hopefully the Muslim group will be able to draw significant interest from their local community and begin to turn back the tide of anti-Semitism in Europe.
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