MABDA Report 2/3/2015

Muslims Rebuild Belgium's Oldest Synagogue

Moved by the situation of the small Belgian Jewish community in southern town of Arlon, Brussels Muslims launched a fundraising campaign to restore the oldest synagogue in the West European country.

“We have decided to organize a fundraising to provide help and testify publicly our solidarity,” Mohamed Bouezmarni, general secretary of the Association of Muslims of Arlon, told European Jewish Press (EJP) on Sunday, March 2.

Hundreds of Norwegians form human chain outside Oslo mosque

A week after hundreds of Muslims had formed a human-linked chain outside a Synagogue in Oslo to show solidarity with the Jewish community in the aftermath of attacks, hundreds of formed a circle of protection outside a mosque in the city on Saturday to demonstrate unity and peace, the Huffington Post reported.

Hundreds of people gathered around the Central Jamaat-e-Ahl-E Sunnat mosque in Oslo to show solidarity and respect for their Muslim compatriots.
The event was held to offer a symbolic “thank you” to Muslims and to express solidarity for forming a “peace circle” around an Oslo synagogue last weekend.

Buddhists, Muslims in Myanmar Seek Reintegration Following Riots

Buddhists and Muslims in the central city of Meiktila were separated along faith lines after interreligious violence destroyed roughly 800 homes in 2013. Now residents have petitioned the government to allow them to reintegrate, but some remain skeptical about the neighbors’ prospects for peace.

Affected residents submitted letters to President Thein Sein, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann outlining their request but say they are still awaiting a response.