More than 1,000 Muslims joined together outside of Oslo, Norway’s main synagogue on Saturday and formed a “peace ring” around the building.
The ring was formed to symbolize protection of the city’s Jewish population as well as to condemn Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killing two people during a free speech event in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“Humanity is one and we are here to demonstrate that,” organizer Zeeshan Abdullah told the crowd. “There are many more peace mongers than warmongers. There's still hope for humanity, for peace and love, across religious differences and backgrounds."
Abdullah said the rally was meant to show that “Islam is about love and unity,” and that “Jews and Muslims do not hate each other.”
“We do not want individuals to define what Islam is for the rest of us,” he said.
Ervin Kohn, the head of Oslo’s Jewish community, described the rally, which reportedly took place in sub-zero tempuratures, as “unique.”
The formation of the peace ring comes after anti-Semitism has seen a particular increase throughout Europe recently, beginning with the intensifying of the Israel-Palestine conflict last year.