AP article carried in The Guardian, Saturday, March 14, 2015
Show of unity inspired by similar events elsewhere in Scandinavia in wake of February shootings in Danish capital
Hundreds of Muslims, Jews and Christians formed a human ring outside the synagogue in Copenhagen where a Jewish security guard was fatally shot last month.
Organiser Niddal el-Jabr said on Saturday that the idea behind the show of unity was to send a powerful statement that “Jews should be able to have their religion in peace”.
Saturday’s gathering was inspired by similar symbolic events in Scandinavia in recent weeks.
On 27 February, Copenhagen’s mayor joined a “ring of peace” on the nearby city hall square. Police then had banned any events outside the synagogue, citing security concerns.
On 15 February, Omar el-Hussein killed Dan Uzan, the synagogue guard, hours after he fatally shot the Danish filmmaker Finn Nørgaard at a free speech event at another location in the city.