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Published on: February 21, 2015 06:59 PM
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More than 1,000 people formed a "ring of peace" around the Norwegian capital's synagogue, an initiative taken by young Muslims in Norway after a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, in Oslo, Saturday, Feb. 21 2015. Norway’s Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior sang the traditional Jewish end of Shabaat song outside the Oslo synagogue before a large crowd holding hands.  (AP Photo / Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix) More than 1,000 people formed a "ring of peace" around the Norwegian capital's synagogue, an initiative taken by young Muslims in Norway after a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, in Oslo, Saturday, Feb. 21 2015. Norway’s Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior sang the traditional Jewish end of Shabaat song outside the Oslo synagogue before a large crowd holding hands.  (AP Photo / Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix)

Oslo -More than 1,000 people formed a “ring of peace” Saturday outside Oslo’s main synagogue at the initiative of a group of young Muslims.

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The event in the Norwegian capital follows a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, including the terror attacks in Paris in January and in neighboring Denmark last week.

One of the eight independent organizers of Saturday’s event in Oslo, Hajrah Arshad said the gathering shows “that Islam is about love and unity.”

“We want to demonstrate that Jews and Muslims do not hate each other,” co-organizer Zeeshan Abdullah told the crowd, standing in a half-circle before the white synagogue. “We do not want individuals to define what Islam is for the rest of us.”

“There are many more peace-mongers than warmongers,” he added.

More than 1,000 people formed a "ring of peace" around the Norwegian capital's synagogue, an initiative taken by young Muslims in Norway after a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, in Oslo, Saturday, Feb. 21 2015. Norway’s Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior sang the traditional Jewish end of Shabaat song outside the Oslo synagogue before a large crowd holding hands.  (AP Photo / Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix)More than 1,000 people formed a "ring of peace" around the Norwegian capital's synagogue, an initiative taken by young Muslims in Norway after a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, in Oslo, Saturday, Feb. 21 2015. Norway’s Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior sang the traditional Jewish end of Shabaat song outside the Oslo synagogue before a large crowd holding hands.  (AP Photo / Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix)

Norway’s Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior sang the traditional Jewish end of Sabbath song outside the synagogue before the large crowd holding hands.

Co-organizer Hassan Raja said it was the first time he heard the song.

Ervin Kohn, head of Oslo’s Jewish community, called the gathering in sub-zero temperatures “unique.”

Several European countries have seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents recently, starting when the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza intensified last year.

In Paris, three Muslim gunmen killed 17 people at a kosher grocery, the offices of weekly Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere in early January. Last week a single assailant in Copenhagen killed a Jewish security guard outside a synagogue and a Danish filmmaker attending a free speech event.

More than 1,000 people formed a "ring of peace" around the Norwegian capital's synagogue, an initiative taken by young Muslims in Norway after a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, in Oslo, Saturday, Feb. 21 2015. Norway’s Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior sang the traditional Jewish end of Shabaat song outside the Oslo synagogue before a large crowd holding hands.  (AP Photo / Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix) More than 1,000 people formed a "ring of peace" around the Norwegian capital's synagogue, an initiative taken by young Muslims in Norway after a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, in Oslo, Saturday, Feb. 21 2015. Norway’s Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior sang the traditional Jewish end of Shabaat song outside the Oslo synagogue before a large crowd holding hands.  (AP Photo / Hakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB Scanpix)


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 Feb 21, 2015 at 07:27 PM Avrohom Abba Says:

This is gevaldig news and so welcome!!
We all already know that this is extremely RARE!! But we also know this concept can spread, and many Muslims can make this brave move, if they see this as a precedent.
We know that it takes great courage for these special Muslims to do this!
Here's hoping it catches on all over!!!

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 07:33 PM French Jew Says:

So ISIS does represent Islam? But of course our Yiddelach who are so pathetically lost in the whirlpool of hatred and Israeli zeal will never see the truth. No matter what the Muslims do, some of you people will just screech their head off how much they hate them. In reality Bibi and his cohorts wish we should view them as our enemies so that we can help them in their ultimate goal of deeming the Diaspora Judenrein. Well, my enemy is the people who wish to create chaos, so that I leave my precious homeland and somehow Bibi perfectly fits that description.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 07:37 PM Diaspora Jew Says:

Now Bibi will jump up that these people are part of a international conspiracy to fool Jews. But the Muslims dont all wish our demise, even though some people will do everything in their power to brainwash us on the contrary.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 07:41 PM Wonder Says:

I wonder if King Hussein Obama agrees with these Muslims.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 07:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Hope this is more than a PR stunt.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 07:52 PM RebbeDoo Says:

Blah blah

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 08:16 PM 5TResident Says:

Wow.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 08:26 PM CommonSense Says:

Beautiful. It's the few...from every religion that put love and peace above all that will make a difference.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 08:37 PM villyamsburger Says:

I'm very impressed.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 09:31 PM Anonymous Says:

That is beautiful. Waiting for cnn and the other networks that hate Israel to cover this

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 10:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Very nice to see, bravo to these Muslims for being strong enough to show their true colors.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 10:25 PM Benyeli Says:

Are this the same people who attended the burial of the Danish Muslim gunman last week?

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 10:32 PM curious Says:

This act was borne out of an Islamic think tank focused on PR. BUT it is welcome.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 10:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Benyeli Says:

Are this the same people who attended the burial of the Danish Muslim gunman last week?

No.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 11:07 PM esther Says:

Reply to #2  
French Jew Says:

So ISIS does represent Islam? But of course our Yiddelach who are so pathetically lost in the whirlpool of hatred and Israeli zeal will never see the truth. No matter what the Muslims do, some of you people will just screech their head off how much they hate them. In reality Bibi and his cohorts wish we should view them as our enemies so that we can help them in their ultimate goal of deeming the Diaspora Judenrein. Well, my enemy is the people who wish to create chaos, so that I leave my precious homeland and somehow Bibi perfectly fits that description.

I don't think you're a French Jew at all.

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 Feb 21, 2015 at 11:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
curious Says:

This act was borne out of an Islamic think tank focused on PR. BUT it is welcome.

Exactly what proof do you have that a PR firm was behind this?

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 12:12 AM Mazal1 Says:

Has obama cut aid to israel? No
You don't know jack,look at Bush#1 history

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 05:10 AM Anonymous Says:

Nebech, if only the average german had done this during Kristalnacht, perhaps the murder of six million Yidden would not have happened.

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 06:40 AM poconomel Says:

Reply to #2  
French Jew Says:

So ISIS does represent Islam? But of course our Yiddelach who are so pathetically lost in the whirlpool of hatred and Israeli zeal will never see the truth. No matter what the Muslims do, some of you people will just screech their head off how much they hate them. In reality Bibi and his cohorts wish we should view them as our enemies so that we can help them in their ultimate goal of deeming the Diaspora Judenrein. Well, my enemy is the people who wish to create chaos, so that I leave my precious homeland and somehow Bibi perfectly fits that description.

Bravo... hatred is a power technique by keeping people apart and establishing one's self as the leader... the protector against the hated. It perpetuates violence.

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 01:15 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Botzelem Elajkim jaase es hoodom. What a Kiddush Hashem.

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 01:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Wonder Says:

I wonder if King Hussein Obama agrees with these Muslims.

Don't wonder. His absence from the Paris rally in memory of the terror victims who were mostly Jews, said it all.

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 01:52 PM Anonymous Says:

It doesn't look like there were 1,000 people, it seems the liberal media wanted to hype this up as being more than it was. But of course it's commendable if even 50 muslims showed up to support Jews. Unfortunately the huge majority though still side with the terrorists.

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 02:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
ayinglefunadorf Says:

Botzelem Elajkim jaase es hoodom. What a Kiddush Hashem.

Your illiteracy is a Chillul Hashem, IF you're in fact a Jew. Questionable.

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 04:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

It doesn't look like there were 1,000 people, it seems the liberal media wanted to hype this up as being more than it was. But of course it's commendable if even 50 muslims showed up to support Jews. Unfortunately the huge majority though still side with the terrorists.

"Unfortunately the huge majority though still side with the terrorists" Oh really? and where did you take THAT information from, Sean Hannity or maybe Rush Limbaugh? Oh I got it Savage!

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 Feb 22, 2015 at 08:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Avrohom Abba Says:

This is gevaldig news and so welcome!!
We all already know that this is extremely RARE!! But we also know this concept can spread, and many Muslims can make this brave move, if they see this as a precedent.
We know that it takes great courage for these special Muslims to do this!
Here's hoping it catches on all over!!!

It is not rare at all. In 2010, when Florida Pastor Terry Jones burned Talmuds and threatened the Jewish community, our Muslim neighbors patrolled the streets of the Jewish neighborhoods during the High Holy Days.

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