No surprise--staged 'ring of peace' not what it appeared to be

After an individual in Copenhagen, Denmark, who randomly happened to be an undoubtedly  frustrated, unemployed Muslim, randomly shot and killed an attendee at a gathering of a random bunch of folks for free speech that coincidentally featured a cartoonist known for his satiric sketches of Muslim inventor Mohammed and later, also randomly, shot and killed a guard outside a building that also coincidentally happened to be a synagogue, another bunch of folks who happened to be Muslim decided that their religion was being unfairly portrayed as violent.  And so these Muslims in neighboring Oslo, Norway publicly proclaimed they were forming a protective  "ring of peace" around a local synagogue.  Apparently the city's small Jewish population and the city's police force just couldn't do the job.

Predictably--and not randomly--the feel good story of Muslims supposedly authentically displaying their religious philosophy's tolerance and good will received a lot of friendly media reports in major media sources who didn't bother to do some fact checking.  But thanks to the new media, some specific unpleasant facts about this heartwarming display emerged, blasting the story.

It seems the Muslim leader of this peaceful initiative, Ali Chishti, really, really does not like Jews, blaming them for most of the evils of the world. 

But Chishti confirmed on Saturday in an interview with Verdens Gang, a Norwegian tabloid, that he delivered a speech in Oslo on March 22, 2009 on the alleged involvement of Jews in planning the 9/11 World Trade Center bombings in New York. The speech’s title was “Therefore I Hate Jews and Gays,” the newspaper reported, though Chishti said he was not the one who came up with the title.

“There were several thousand Jews away from work in the World Trade Center, and why there were more Jews in Mumbai when Pakistani terrorists attacked than usual?” he said then, repeating the conspiracy theory that Jews knew in advance of the 2001 Twin Towers attack that killed thousands. “Jews are a small group, but everyone knows that they have a lot of power.”

Wow!   Hating Jews is one thing; that is often acceptable to feel good liberals, but gays?  Oh dear!  As the organizer of the March, 2009 event explained (translated)

"Yes, it was right to let Mohammed Ali Chishti speak at the dialogue meeting on March 22nd, and to let him shout out his anti-Semitic rhetoric. Not only had I read the speach beforehand, I had also prepared the Jewish congregation about its contents. And it was I who asked Chisti to speak of how he and the others shouted "death to the Jews" in the demonstrations. In this I see nothing worthy of criticism, to the contrary, I took the bull by the horns. Not to discuss this is to turn ones back upon a dawning problem."

Oh well, the sun has set on that dawning problem; that was then, this is now.  Or something.  Chishti is now really peaceful and loving.  Sort of.  Randomly.  In a Muslim way.

In Saturday interviews, he retracted his statements. In an interview with the daily Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, he said they were “anti-Semitic” and “unacceptable.”

“I was angry,” he told Verdens Gang. “I have since changed my views.” But he also said he “dislikes” people who support “an occupying force that has been condemned in several United Nations resolutions.”

“I think it is important to distinguish between being critical of Israel and anti-Semitism,” he also told Verdens Gang.

Whoops!  There is nothing "to distinguish between being critical of Israel and anti-Semitism"; they're the same and getting your picture taken while peacefully standing for two minutes in front of a synagogue won't change it.

And oh, by the way, the vaunted 1000 person "ring of peace" around the synagogue was really a publicity stunt of a few picturesque Muslims holding hands long enough to be photographed plus some random Norwegians watching,  according to Jordan Schachtel of Breitbart.

The weekend’s feel-good story about a Muslim “ring of peace” formed to “protect” Jews at an Oslo synagogue turned out to be a complete fabrication by the mainstream media, according to an eyewitness report, local officials, and attendees’ photos.

According to a local eyewitness, only about 20 or so Muslims formed the “ring of peace” around the Oslo synagogue. In fact, pictures from multiple angles show that there wasn’t enough people to form a ring, so the locals instead formed a horizontal line in front of the synagogue.

A local news outlet explained how the media got to its “1,300 Muslims” number. “According to police, there were 1300 persons present in the event. Very many of them ethnic Norwegians,” read a translated report from

Demonstrators also reportedly chanted, “No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia,” conflating criticism of Islam and hatred of Jews.

Got that?  If Muslims randomly shoot at Jews both Muslims and Jews are victims.  And black is white and white is black and good is bad and bad is good and being judgmental is well, judgmental, which is definitely not good if it can be labeled Islamophobic.

Therefore, in light of his exemplary behavior and speeches, Ali Chishti will undoubtedly be invited to an anti violence, anti hate conference at the White House to lecture everyone about the dangers of Islamophobia in the US.