PALESTINIANS THANK INDONESIA

There is no doubt that Indonesia’s adamant refusal to establish diplomatic relations with apartheid Israel will be a a significant morale booster for the Palestinians who are struggling around the clock to survive a decades-long Israeli onslaught aimed at uprooting them from their ancestral homeland.

Indonesians pray for the Palestinians who were killed in the airstrikes launched by Israel.

Indonesians pray for the Palestinians who were killed in the airstrikes launched by Israel.

Thank you, Indonesia

By Khalid Amayreh

Occupied Palestine

 

Palestinians must send a message of thanks and appreciation to the big sister, Indonesia, for her principled refusal to normalize relations with Israel. the shameless apartheid state that occupies our country and torments our people on a daily basis.

Israel has been seeking to woo Indonesia to embark on this dishonorable diplomatic feat for the purpose of further weakening the just Palestinian cause in the conscience and consciousness of Muslims world-wide.

Some utterly undemocratic Arab regimes, notorious for ignoring the feelings of their own masses, hastened to embrace the poisoned Israeli solicitations. They didn’t hesitate to swallow the Israeli bait: hook, line and sinker.

These well-known tyrannical regimes effectively committed moral adultery with their own national honor and dignity by embracing Israel and betraying Palestine.

Furthermore,   some of these entities even sought to outmatch the apartheid state by perfecting their own draconian measures against the Gaza Strip that many Palestinians began to wonder if these Arab regimes were siding with Israel or with Palestine.

But, al Handullila (thanks to God), Indonesia has demonstrated she has guarded her chastity by refusing Israel’s solicitations and venomous courting.

This feat on the largest Muslim country’s part deserves admiration and gratitude.

It shows that Indonesia is still espousing some moral principles in its foreign policy. It also shows that Indonesia is still not willing to trade her genuine concerns for Palestine and al-Masjidul Aqsa for expediency or some quick benefits that come with normalizing relations with Israel.

In fact, the government of Indonesia has  demonstrated its faithfulness to its own predominantly Muslim people who wouldn’t be comfortable with normalizing relations with the very state that practices murder, ethnic cleansing and discrimination in the ugliest form against Palestinians. Needless to say, this virulent modus operandi is pursued on no account other than that the Palestinians are not members of the “The Holy tribe,” clinging to their homeland and refusing to leave.

There is no doubt that Indonesia’s adamant refusal to establish diplomatic relations with apartheid Israel will be a a significant morale booster for the Palestinians who are struggling around the clock to survive a decades-long Israeli onslaught aimed at uprooting them from their ancestral homeland.

This means that the Indonesian decision will definitively serve the cause of Palestinian resistance, resilience and steadfastness, all considered vital prerequisites for Palestinian freedom and liberation.

Finally, the Indonesian step also shows that the vast majority of Muslims around the world still have their hearts where they properly belong, namely on the side of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.

Once again, thanks, Indonesia.

GLOBAL DISASTER CAPITALISM

Prepared by Antony Loewenstein

Disaster capitalism, Israel/Palestine and Indonesia

I’ve just returned from Bali as a guest of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival speaking on the Middle East and the importance of dissent (an interview is here). It is always invigorating to engage with audiences from across the world, including the world’s largest Muslim nation, Indonesia. One of the highlights was interviewing leading Palestinian writer Suad Amiry and Israeli writer Etgar Keret who discussed conflicting narratives and the effects of occupation in a heated but friendly way. Dialogue is possible.

In other news:

Major piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on disaster capitalism, privatisation, Sri Lankan war crimes and ferries.

– A group I co-founded, Independent Australian Jewish News, recently placed large advertisements in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Australian Jewish News (IAJV ad ) to encourage a more open debate about Israel/Palestine, especially by Jews. It generated large interest with many signatories and received predictable Zionist smearing.

ABC Online piece about the failed paradigm of current Middle East “peace” talks and another ABC piece after the end of Israel’s settlement “freeze”.

Appearance on ABC TV News24 The Drum talking about asylum seekers and the war in Afghanistan.

Article in Australian magazine Crikey on British multinational Serco running Australian detention centres.

Essay in literary journal Kill Your Darlings on blind, partisan support for Israeli crimes in Palestine.

Review in Sydney’s Sun Herald on the book Crazy Like Us about the Western obsession with mental health “cures”.

Interview on ABC Radio about Middle East “peace” and the one-state solution.

My ABC Radio National feature documentary from earlier in the year, A Different Kind of Jew, is a finalist in the 2010 UN Media Peace Awards.

– My meeting Harvard Law Professor and “Israel’s Attorney” Alan Dershowitz in Sydney published on US website Mondoweiss.

Interview with Green Left Weekly newspaper about the role of privatised detention centres globally and multinational Serco.

Interview with Melbourne University’s Farrago magazine on the Wikileaks Afghan documents.

Meeting Australia’s Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and talking Israel/Palestine (with the event appearing on ABC Radio AM).

Review in the Sydney Morning Herald of the new book by Thomas Keneally, Three Famines.

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