Norwegian Muslims plan ‘ring of peace’ around synagogue
OSLO, Norway (AP) — After a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, young Muslims in Norway plan to form a “ring of peace” around a synagogue in Oslo.
In a Facebook invitation for the event Saturday, organizers say “Muslims want to show that we strongly reject any type of anti-Semitism and that we are here to support them.”
About 1,500 people have accepted the invitation.
Like at other synagogues in Scandinavia, security around the Oslo synagogue has been raised in the wake of last week’s shootings in Copenhagen. In the second of two shooting attacks, the gunman killed a Jewish security guard outside a synagogue in the city.
The head of Oslo’s Jewish community, Ervin Kohn, welcomed the idea and told Norwegian broadcaster NRK he hopes for a big turnout.