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At Boston mosque, local demonstrators show solidarity

arah Kilgallon, of Watertown, accepted a date from worshippers Yusra Mukhtar and Nafisa Bilal outside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Friday.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Sarah Kilgallon, of Watertown, accepted a date from worshippers Yusra Mukhtar and Nafisa Bilal outside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Friday.

About 200 local residents gathered in an act of solidarity with the Muslim community on Friday at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

The demonstration was organized in reaction to the recent fatal attack at a Quebec mosque, the destruction of a mosque in Texas, and President Trump’s travel ban on residents of seven Muslim-majority nations.

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Michael Lowenthal said he organized the event with Rachel Kadish and Rabbi Sue Fendrick; all three are decedents of Jewish Holocaust refugees and survivors.

The demonstrators said they wanted to show commitment to ensuring the community has a safe space to worship.

Lowenthal said that after the attack on a mosque in Quebec that killed six and left at least eight wounded, event organizers talked about what they could do to offer support to the local Muslim community. They recalled how a “ring of peace” was formed around a Norwegian synagogue after it was attacked in February 2015, and decided to undertake a similar demonstration, he said.

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