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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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