Norwegian Muslims Form a Ring of Peace Around a Synagogue to Support Jews

Hakim Khatib

Hakim Khatib

Hakim Khatib studied political science of the Middle East, European Studies, journalism and linguistics. He has been lecturing at different German universities since 2011 on issues related to ideology and the interplay of power thereof in socio-political life, and religion and its relationship to contemporary politics in the regions of West Asia and North Africa, especially Egypt and Syria. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Mashreq Politics & Culture Journal (MPC Journal) since 2014 and has published over 100 articles in different languages, academic and otherwise, in a wide spectrum of on-line and printed newspapers, journals and think tanks. His current research focuses on Islam-inspired political ideologies such as Islamist extremism and Salafism, radicalisation, de-radicalisation processes in Germany as well as peace and conflict in the Middle East.
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Norwegian Muslims Formed a Ring of Peace Around a Synagogue to Support Jews

Hundreds of Norwegian Muslims formed a circle around a Synagogue in Oslo to show their support to the Jewish community.

In a symbolic gesture of protection of Jews in Norway, over 1,000 Muslims formed what they called “a ring of peace” around a synagogue in Oslo, chanting “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia”.

The demonstration comes as a condemnation against a terrorist attack by gunmen against a synagogue in Denmark last week.

“I believe in strong values such as love, freedom and unity,” said Hajrah Arshad, 17, one of the event organisers. “Today we would like to show that Islam stands for peace,” she added.

Norwegian Muslims Form a Ring of Peace Around a Synagogue to Support Jews - Norwegian Muslims Formed a Ring of Peace Around a Synagogue to Support Jews, Muslims Politics and Culture, MPC Journal, mpcmena

Hajrah Arshad, one of the event organisers, talks to the crowds about the message of solidarity and peace Muslims send to the Jewish community in Norway

Zeeshan Abdullah, another organiser told the crowd: “There’s still hope for humanity, for peace and love, across religious differences and backgrounds.”

Jews and Muslims stood side by side in a demonstration that religions can live peacefully together. They say that Muslims and Jews are victims of hate crimes and they should support each other.

Norwegian Muslims Form a Ring of Peace Around a Synagogue to Support Jews - Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community in Oslo talks to the crowd emphasising the same message of peace and solidarity

Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community in Oslo talks to the crowd emphasising the same message of peace and solidarity

Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community in Oslo said to the crowd: “I was asked after the attacks in Copenhagen, what do you feel? And I answered: Sorrow and anger. But my answer today is: I feel gratitude and hope.”

Jewish community numbers around 1,200 in Norway, while Muslim community numbers around 200,000. Norway’s total population is around 5.2 million.

Norwegian Muslims Form a Ring of Peace Around a Synagogue to Support Jews - Jews and Muslims singing together for peace and solidarity, Muslims politics and culture, mpc, mpcmena journal

Jews and Muslims singing together for peace and solidarity


1 Comment

  1. musa

    rabbi: Jews and Muslims lived unitedly in the past! they can come to common terms!
    watch
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVQPO4GcZ98
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X4LXVDIB2I

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