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Thank You, Indonesia: For Refusal To Normalize Relations With Israel

28 July 2016

By Khalid Amayreh

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-Hamdullilah (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.

Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs political commentator living in Occupied Palestine 
 

  EsinIslam.Com

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