More than 1,000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's only synagogue today (February 21, 2015), offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend, the Forward (Jewish) website reports.
Chanting "No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia," Norway's Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend.
"Humanity is one and we are here to demonstrate that," Zeeshan Abdullah -- one of the protest's organizers -- told a crowd of Muslim immigrants and ethnic Norwegians who filled the small street around the synagogue.
Norway's Jewish community is one of Europe's smallest, numbering around 1000, and the Muslim population -- which has been growing steadily through immigration -- is 150,000 to 200,000. Norway has a population of about 5.2 million.