Muslims formed human ‘rings of peace’ to protect synagogues in Canada

By Christina Maxouris and Brandon Griggs
CNN | November 6, 2018

After a deadly attack last year on a mosque in Quebec, Christians and Jews formed human “rings of peace” around mosques across Canada to help Muslim worshippers feel safer on their way in.

This past weekend, Muslims did the same for six synagogues in Toronto. Several hundred people, arriving in busloads from different mosques, stood shoulder to shoulder around the synagogues with one very clear message.

“We’re here for you,” Fatima Sajan said.

Sajan was one of the organizers with the National Council of Canadian Muslims for last weekend’s “Rings of Peace.” A dozen organizations got together days after the October 27 attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue to plan how they could best show their support for the Jewish community.

The human rings of supporters — which included people of many faiths — may have been an act of love and support; but they were also a sign of strength.
“They were symbolic,” Sajan said. “In order to get to the synagogue you have to go through us first.”

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Sajan said the Pittsburgh shooting, in which 11 people were killed, hit close to home for the Muslim community.

“It’s not just up to the Jewish community to solve anti-Semitism,” she told CNN. “We have to recognize that these issues are common forms of hatred. And we’ll be working together to address the hate.”

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