In sub-zero temperatures, more than 1,000 people formed a “ring of peace” around a synagogue in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday, reports the The Daily Telegraph.
The initiative, which was devised to allow Jewish people in Oslo to practice their faith in safety, was led by a group of Muslims who sought to prove that “Islam is about love and unity,” said one of the organizers, Hajrah Ashad.
The gathering follows a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe. Most recently, a shooting outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, took the life of a security guard and injured two police officers. The suspected perpetrator, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, was reportedly affiliated to Islamist rebel group ISIS, said CNN.
“We want to demonstrate that Jews and Muslims do not hate each other,” co-organizer Zeeshan Abdullah told the crowd gathered around the Oslo synagogue, reports The Telegraph. “We do not want individuals to define what Islam is for the rest of us.”
Added Abdullah: “There are many more peace-mongers than warmongers.”