Copenhagen resident Niddal El-Jabri first approached police officials for permission to hold a show of solidarity for the Jewish community in the week after the twin shootings that left 37-year-old Jewish security guard Dan Uzan and 55-year-old filmmaker Finn Nørgaard dead and six police officers injured.
That persistence has now been rewarded. Police have given the okay for El-Jabri to hold a peace ring around the synagogue on Krystalgade on Saturday.
“It is wonderful. It is a big personal wish of mine to send the signal that Jews should of course not be haunted by fear and angst,” El-Jabri told public broadcaster DR.
“In Denmark, Jews shouldn't have to walk around being scared. With the police approval, there will now be an opportunity for those who share that opinion to come and show it with their presence there [at the synagogue, ed.],” he added.
Although El-Jabri said he was happy that police have now given their nod of approval, he fears that the turnout at Saturday’s event won’t be what it could have been if it had been held earlier.
"We will have to do some extra legwork," he told DR.
A police spokesman told DR that although he wouldn't comment on the overall security situation at the mosque, police have determined that the peace ring "will not give big problems".
Similar events in Oslo
have also sought to minimize tensions between local Muslim and Jewish communities in the aftermath of the Copenhagen attacks.
Saturday's peace ring at the synagogue on Krystalgade will take place at 2pm.