More than 1,000 people formed a " ring of peace " Saturday outside Oslo ' s main synagogue at the initiative of a group of young Muslims.The event in the Norwegian capital follows a series of attacks against Jews in Europe, includingthe terror attacks in Parisin January and in neighboring Denmark last week. One of the eight independent organisers of Saturday ' s event in Oslo, Hajrah Arshad said the gathering shows " that Islam is about love and unity. " " We want to demonstrate that Jews and Muslims do not hate each other, " co - organiser Zeeshan Abdullah told the crowd, standing in a half - circle before the white synagogue. " We do not want individuals to define what Islam is for the rest of us. " " There are many more peace - mongers than warmongers, " he added. Norway ' s Chief Rabbi Michael Melchior sang the traditional Jewish end of Sabbath song outside the synagogue before the large crowd holding hands.Recommended:The importance of Ayatollah Khamenei’s letter to Western youth Co-organiser Hassan Raja said it was the first time he heard the song. Ervin Kohn, head of Oslo's Jewish community, called the gathering in sub-zero temperatures "unique." Several European countries have seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents recently, starting when the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza intensified last year. In Paris, three Muslim gunmen killed 17 people at a kosher grocery, the offices of weekly Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere in early January. Last week a single assailant in Copenhagen killed a Jewish security guard outside a synagogue and a Danish filmmaker attending a free speech event.