Indonesia’s Endurance to Support Palestine

ITS–US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has sparked anger in many countries. Leaders in Indonesia have joined a global chorus of condemnation of Trump’s announcement, including Western allies who say it is a blow to peace efforts and risks sparking more violence.

Indonesia will continue to support Palestine in its struggle for independence, in spite of United States President Donald Trump’s recent decision on Jerusalem. “The unilateral US statement on the status of Jerusalem will not alter Indonesia’s strong diplomatic commitment to fight for Palestinian independence,”  Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.

The commitment of the Indonesian Government to support Palestine is in full accordance with its own Constitution of 1945 which stipulates that all colonialism in the world must be abolished . This support has been shown for decades, even since the early years of Palestine struggle againts Israeli for freedom and independence. Indonesia had welcomed the Palestinian Declaration of Independence by the Palestinian National Council in Algiers, Algeria and had recognized the State of Palestine on 16 November 1988. A year later both Indonesia and Palestine signed Joint Communique on the Commencement of Indonesia-Palestine Diplomatic Relations at Ambassadorial Level, on 19 October 1989.

The Leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization  (PLO), Yasser Arafat visited Indonesia in 1984 and in 1993. For your in information, dear readers, here we quote a short explanation about PLO as featured in Indonesia postagestamp issued in 1983 or one year before the first visit of Arafat:

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was conceived by the Arab states at the first Arab summit meeting in 1964. The goal set for the PLO was the “liberation of Palestine”. The original PLO Charter (issued on 28 May 1964) stated that “Palestine with its boundaries that existed at the time of the British mandate is an integral regional unit” and sought to “prohibit the existence and activity” of Zionism. It also called for a right of return and self determination for Palestinians.

The PLO is recognized as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people” by the United Nations and over 100 states with which it holds diplomatic relations and has enjoyed observer status at the United Nations since 1974. The PLO has a nominal legislative body, (the Palestinian National Council (PNC)) but most actual political power and decisions are controlled by the PLO Executive Committee, made up of 18 people elected by the PNC. The PLO incorporates a range of generally secular ideologies of different Palestinian movements committed to the struggle for Palestinian independence and liberation.

In line with the 1945 Constitution which rejects all forms of imperialism, Indonesia fully supports the struggle for an independent Palestine. This support has been shown, among others by the opening of the Palestine embassy in Jakarta in October 1989.

Putu S. & Adjiguno

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