With all the terrible headlines lately indicating a growing wave of anti-Semitism throughout the world, from Jews fleeing their homes and countries out of fear, the recent attacks in Paris, Copenhagen, and a desecrated cemetery in eastern France, it’s good to see that not all the news out there is entirely grim. There’s hope for this world, yet.
See, this growing wave is still quite small, despite the presence it seems to hold in the international headlines. What makes fewer or smaller headlines are the less sensational peace marches, the vigils, and the constant, small, daily acts of love and solidarity for the Jewish people enacted by folks of all faiths across the world, including Muslims.
Case in point – Norway.
Islam is about protecting our brothers and sisters, regardless of which religion they belong to. Islam is about rising above hate and never sinking to the same level as the haters. Islam is about defending each other. Muslims want to show that we deeply deplore all types of hatred of Jews, and that we are there to support them. We will therefore create a human ring around the synagogue on Saturday 21 February. Encourage everyone to come!
One Oslo Jewish community leader, Ervin Kohn, gave his blessing to the event so long as it wasn’t too small, which would end up sending a “counter-productive” message to the community. According to the Times of Israel, Kohn requested a showing of over 30 people in order for the event to take place. So far, over a thousand have RSVP’d the event.
Granted, not everyone who RSVP’s ever shows up to any event, but with that many people signing on, one should think the event will prove successful, especially now that it is getting international attention.
Hajrad Arshad, a 17-year-old organizer of the event, stated in a local television interview:
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.
Another organizer for the event, Yousef Assidiq, stated:
If someone wants to attack the synagogue, they need to step over us first.