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“We’re proud of the Muslims,” Humanists say. Muslim youths’ decision to form a ring of peace around the synagogue in Oslo at the weekend is praised. “There should be room for the Jews in Norway. Just because they are of a different religion doesn’t preclude the fact that they are Norwegians,” Kristin Mile, General Secretary of the Norwegian Humanist Association tells The Foreigner. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and then Copenhagen have resulted in the Jewish community in Oslo asking for increased security.

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“We’re proud of the Muslims,” Humanists say

Published on Thursday, 19th February, 2015 at 06:36 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Muslim youths’ decision to form a ring of peace around the synagogue in Oslo at the weekend is praised.

The Synagogue in Oslo
The Synagogue in Oslo
Photo: Grzegorz Wysocki/Wikimedia Commons


“There should be room for the Jews in Norway. Just because they are of a different religion doesn’t preclude the fact that they are Norwegians,” Kristin Mile, General Secretary of the Norwegian Humanist Association tells The Foreigner.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and then Copenhagen have resulted in the Jewish community in Oslo asking for increased security.

And while extreme Right group Pegida holds anti-Muslim speeches in Norway, Muslim youths in the Norwegian capital are to show their support for the Jews this weekend.

An open letter by the Association to Norway’s and Europe’s Jews was published in Norwegian daily Aftenposten, Wednesday.

In it, the Humanists write that “the community at large has failed to take their [Jews’] fears and warnings seriously for far too long. You have warned of anti-Semitism and the resurgence of anti-Semitism. Many of us have undoubtedly observed it, but been too silent in the face of hatred.”

“Those who have raised doubts about Jewish motives and intentions have been given too much leeway. Those who have downplayed the hatred and fear and those who have impugned the notifier are those who have been the most vociferous.”

The Association also refers to Jewish conspiracy theories, and allegations that the Jews have a hidden agenda.  

“These are dangerous thoughts, because they cause eyes to close to injustices committed against you, and because there are thoughts that try to make you less human,” reads the letter.

Hundreds of Norwegian police officers, as well as state railway NSB, assisted and participated in the deportation of Jews from Norway to Auschwitz under WWII.

70 years after German cargo ship the SS Donau set sail from Oslo with 532 Norwegian Jews aboard, incumbent Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg expressed regret over Norway’s involvement in arresting and deporting Jews during the Second World War.

2012 was also the same year in which a Norwegian Holocaust poll revealed that some 12.5 per cent of Norwegians held a distinct prejudice against Jews, with 19 per cent agreeing with the statement that ‘the world's Jews are working in secret to advance Jewish interests’.

The Humanist Association also states that they are writing the letter because they want the Jews to remain in Norway, that this is important, and that they will stand up for them.

“We want to convey the message that Norway should be a country where every religious group is included”, says Kristin Mile to The Foreigner, “and in which everyone feels safe.”

“It’s very good that the Muslims are acting against terror in this way and showing solidarity with the Jews. We’re proud of them for creating this circle of peace,” she concludes.



Published on Thursday, 19th February, 2015 at 06:36 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: synagogue, anti-semitism, oslo, jews, muslims.





  
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