Muslims To Form ‘Peace Ring’ Around Norwegian Synagogue After Copenhagen Attacks

Glance for Akerhus Fortress. It was built as a palace fortress at the beginning of the 14th century and later rebuilt as a Renaissance castle. Date: June 3, 2014 Photo by: Klaus Nowottnick/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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A group of Muslims plan on forming a “peace ring” around a synagogue in Oslo, Norway, following the recent attack on a synagogue in Copenhagen.

Hajrad Arshad, the 17-year-old organizing the event, told Norway broadcaster NRK that the group wants to “extinguish the prejudices people have against Jews and against Muslims.”

“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,” she said.

According to Norwegian website The Local, the group has already recruited 450 people on Facebook to participate in the “peace ring.”

Ervin Kohn, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community, said he would allow the event if 30 people or more attended. He said it might “seem counter-productive” otherwise.

“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,” Kohn said about the event.

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