Declaration of recognition is in line with the interests of Israel which has long claimed Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Zionist state and can not be shared with the Palestinians. Israel has established its unilateral claim through the Basic Law of Jerusalem endorsed by the Knesset (parliament of Israel) in 1980.
This trumpy controversial statement triggered the wrath of Muslims worldwide, including Indonesia. About 500 people from various elements, including Nahdhatul Ulama, Al-Aqsa Working Group, on Friday (8/12), held a rally in front of the American Embassy in Jakarta. Similar demonstrations also took place in several areas.
The demonstrators carried banners, among them the words "Trump is Enemy of Humanity," "Jerusalem Will Never Be the Capital of Israel," and "Jerusalem Remains the Capital of Palestine."
In addition to bertakbir, the demonstrators also shouted yells "Jerusalem of Our Rights."
Protesters from Nahdahtul Ulama burned American flags and the words "Fuck Trump" with used tires. There was a mutual thrust when the police tried to extinguish the fire. Nearly 100 police were on guard without weaponry during the demonstration.
Al-Aqsa Group Director Agus Sudarmaji explained his side had a number of attitude statements. First, rejects Trump's plan to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv's Capital to Jerusalem
"It is a statement validating Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, whereas Jerusalem is not Israel's," Agus said. "Jerusalem belongs internationally under international law, and secondly we support the diplomatic action of Indonesia to commit rejection acts."
Through demonstrations protesting against Trump's controversial remarks, Agus hopes Indonesians will keep abreast of the situation in the Middle East. He also expects Americans to hear rejection submitted by Indonesian Muslims.
Agus further said it still believes diplomacy is the best way to help the Palestinians free from Israeli occupation.
Chairman of the Association of Students Nahdhatul Ulama (IPNU) Asep Irfan Mujahid emphasized Trump's announcement of Jerusalem violating the United Nations agreement and violating the rights of the Palestinian people. "We want Donald Trump to rectify his statements, which must be drawn back, and demand the United Nations to recognize the full independence of Palestine, the sovereignty of Palestine as a whole country, "said Asep.
Chairman of the Indonesia-Palestine Friendship Initiative Din Syamsuddin said Jerusalem should not be controlled by a country.
" Jerusalem as a holy city, each Jewish, Muslim, Christian "said Din.
The United Nations Security Council plans to hold an emergency session Friday to discuss America's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League will also hold meetings to discuss similar agendas. [fw/lt]