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Come out Jews we have you surrounded: how bigots distorted the Oslo Muslim peace ring

by | 23rd, February 2015

Swedish Jewry is under attack. Danish Jewry is under attack. But there is hope that racists will not win in Scandinavia. The media has been reporting on Muslims coming to the sid of Jews under threat. Because a large chunk of antisemtism is perpetrated by Muslims against Jews, this is a good thing. Last week a Jewish guard at a Copenhagen synagogue was murdered by an Islamist.

So. Norway’s Muslims joined hands in a show of force. They stood around the Olso synagogue and took a stand.

The Guardian saw a big crowd of 1,300 people:

 

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The report tells readers that 1,300 people were there to support the Jews and show them that Muslims care:

As the mainly elderly Jewish congregation filed out of the synagogue after Shabbat prayers, a group of young Muslims, many of them teenage girls wearing headscarves, formed a symbolic ring outside the building to applause from a crowd of more than 1,000 people.

“This shows that there are many more peacemakers than warmakers,” 37-year-old Zeeshan Abdullah, one of the organisers, told the crowd.

“There is still hope for humanity, for peace and love across religious differences and background,” he added, before a traditional Shabbat ceremony was held in the open air with many demonstrators adding their voices to the Hebrew chants.

Norway’s chief rabbi, Michael Melchior, appeared visibly moved when he said it was the first time the ceremony had taken place outdoors with so many people.

Ervin Kohn, a Jewish community leader, said: “It is unique that Muslims stand to this degree against antisemitism and that fills us with hope … particularly as it’s a grassroots movement of young Muslims,” adding that the rest of the world should “look to Norway”.

So. Do you focus on the hope, the many and the grandstanding, which it undoubtedly is. Or do you look for a problem?

The Times of Israel reports:

One of the eight independent organizers of Saturday’s event in Oslo, 17-year-old 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.

 

Good.

 

But is this all about Islam? We’ve not heard of any rabbis telling Jews to murder Muslims. Can you recall any Jew calling for Muslims to all be slaughtered, a worshipper to pull on a suicide vest and get them?

 

Haaretz finds a problem with one of the ‘Peace Ring’s’ organisors:

Several hundred people gathered at a Norwegian synagogue to support Jews at an event which drew praise but also criticism because of an organizer’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish statements…

Ali Chishti confirmed on Saturday in an interview with Verdens Gang, a highbrow Norwegian newspaper, that he delivered on March 22, 2008, in Oslo a speech on the alleged involvement of Jews in planning the 9/11 Twin Towers bombings in New York. The speech’s title was: ”Therefore I Hate Jews and Gays,” the paper reported, though Chishti said he was not the one who came up with the title.

“There were several thousand Jews away from work in the World Trade Center, and

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  • mahatmacoatmabag

    Once the Muslims have driven out the remaining Jews from Sweden, burnt down the abandoned Synagogues & destroyed the Jewish cemeteries who will they come after next?

  • Pounce

    Lets be honest here. Anti-Semitism is a growth industry in the West. Yes we almost got rid of it after WW2 but of late it has reared its ugly head. The primary source of this rise is from Muslims. Now to the subject at hand. The 1000 Muslim ring around the Oslo Synagogue didn’t take place. only 20 Muslims turned up and so they had a photo shoot with those 20 people in front . During that photo shoot, they shouted no to Anti-Semitism followed by no to Islamophobia. Excuse me, why conflate the issue. this was about attacks on Jews of which we have seen numerous in Europe. Which kind of explains the concrete anti vehicle blocks outside the synagogue of which you will find none outside any mosque in Europe.

    Now contrast that with the over 500 people who turned up for the funeral of the Danish Shooter.

  • Chris Pearson

    So we all know that Oslo is the capital of Norway, right? From the first paragraph it looks like you think it’s in Sweden.