21 Feb 2015

Watch how the Norwegians are tackling religious extremism

Hundreds of Norwegian Muslims form a human ring around Oslo’s synagogue – showing solidarity with the city’s Jewish community a week after a gunman attacked a synagogue in neighbouring Denmark.

Organisers of the event, who say Islam seeks to protect all people, regardless of their religion, expected more than 2,000 people to join the symbolic “ring of peace”.

The show of support comes 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. He was eventually killed by police in a shootout.

Norway’s Jewish community is one of Europe’s smallest, numbering around 1,000, 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.