The 'Ring of Peace' demonstration in Oslo on Saturday, which brought hope to millions across the world, has been condemned as "tainted" because one of the organisers in the past blamed the 9/11 attacks on New York's World Trade Centre on Jews.

Eric Argaman, an outspoken member of Norway's Jewish community, told the JTA newswire that the involvement of Ali Chishti (30), a Norwegian Muslim with a history of anti-Israel statements "stained the event, which now feels more like a spin, on our backs, than a gesture of good will."

More than 1,300 people turned up to the event on Saturday, which saw Muslims from Oslo link hands around the city's synagogue in a show of solidarity with the city's Jewish population.

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