The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine condemns the participation of a delegation of Indonesian religious scholars from “NahdlatulUlama“Organization headed by Mr.YahyaStaquf, General Secretary of “Nahdlatul Ulama” Supreme Council, at the” AJC Global Forum” in Jerusalem during the 10th-13thof June 2018, in addition to the participation in a celebration in honor of his visit to Jerusalem, where it will be held in Jerusalem Citadel, at the old city of occupied Jerusalem, at midnight of the 14th of June 2018, in a flagrant violation of International law and United Nations’ relevant resolutions.
The participation in these events is a blow to the State of Palestine and Jerusalem, and to the Republic of Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world, which hosted the 5th Extraordinary OIC Summit on Palestine & Al-Quds Al-Sharif in 2016, and the International Conference on the question of Jerusalem in 2015, and which has always defended Jerusalem and the issues of Palestine. The delegation’s participation also contradicts with the positions of the Indonesian government and the friendly people of Indonesia, who have always expressed their rejection of the occupation and its policies, connecting any development or change in the relationship with ending the Israeli occupation of all the Palestinian and Arab Territories, and the establishment of the State of Palestine with its capital Alquds Alsharif, in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant resolutions of International legitimacy. The Palestinian side also considers the participation of Mr. Yahya Staquf as “ personal “, and it will not affect the Palestinian-Indonesian bilateral relations, and the position of Palestine and its people who appreciate and respect the Republic of Indonesia and the friendly people of Indonesia.
The Palestinian side considers these events as part of misleading Israeli campaigns aimed at appearing with a civilized and cultural face which calls for peace, convergence and interfaith dialogue, at a time Israel has persisted for decades with its violations and crimes against the Arab Palestinian people of Muslims and Christians, and its sanctities in Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine. Not to mention the insistence of Israel, the occupying power, on its conditions of being recognized as a Jewish State, which reflects the racist and colonialist policies adopted by it, and which completely contradict with the subjects of these events.
Our region has always been a beacon of intellect and civilization, and it hasn’t faced any form of sectarian and religious violence until the Palestinian people became under occupation. Mr. Staquf should have visited Jerusalem under the flag of the State of Palestine, and in coordination with the Palestinian side and its Islamic and Christian spiritual institutions, instead of allowing Israel to pass on its normalization projects under religious and cultural subjects, and accepting to be as a normalization tool by the Israeli occupation of the Islamic and Christian sanctities.