DPR RI and ACT Optimizing Political and Humanitarian Support for Palestine

The Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives carried out collaboration with Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) in the Indonesia-Palestine Bilateral Cooperation Group (GKSB). It aimed to strengthen Indonesian solidarity in supporting the Palestinian people's struggle.

The delegation from BKSAP-DPR RI and ACT after holding a Focus Group Discussion about Indonesia's support for the Palestinian people. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Referring to the fact that Palestine is a colonized country, Indonesia is positioning itself as a country that opposes and rejects all forms of occupation in Palestine and supports the country's independence. It is following the Preamble to the 1945 Constitution, which states that independence is the right of all nations and that colonialism must be abolished throughout the world.

Aside from that, Indonesia has sent various aid and assistance to Palestine, including from the Indonesia-Palestine Bilateral Cooperation Group (GKSB), which is part of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives. The Indonesian Parliament has agreed several times through the GKSB to work with the Palestinian Parliament to increase Indonesian aid to Palestine.

In May 2022, GKSB also partnered with Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), a non-governmental organization that frequently intensifies various humanitarian actions for the global community in times of humanitarian crisis. ACT's participation in GKSB aims to improve the entry of humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people.

Syahrul Aidil Maazat, a member of Commission V of the DPR RI (House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia) and the Chair of the GKSB, explained in a joint discussion between ACT and BKSAP-DPR RI, that the collaboration of various parties in the GKSB has several objectives, including providing support, particularly politically, and to maintain the hope of realizing Palestine's independence as a fully sovereign state.

"Then, to strengthen solidarity and support from various elements in Indonesia who directly carry the agenda of support for the Palestinian people's struggle," Syahrul explained. "Explore various inputs from multi-stakeholders in Indonesia and have a dialogue within the framework of supporting Palestine."

On that occasion, Syahrul also praised the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including ACT, for their contributions to the Palestinian people's struggle. Syahrul also invited other Indonesian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve their quality and work with the Indonesian government to provide aid to Palestine.

"GKSB also encourages all Indonesians who want to help through an officially registered NGO, such as ACT. This is to prevent anyone from using the collected donations for personal gain," Syahrul elaborated.

BKSAP-DPR RI and ACT assist Palestinian refugees in Jordan

GKSB sent food packages to 600 Palestinian refugees in Jordan in the first collaboration between BKSAP-DPR RI and ACT on Tuesday (5/24/2022). Jordan is known to house 2.2 million Palestinian refugees in ten refugee camps. The refugee status has been passed down to the 4-5th generation since the Nakba incident in 1948, which has forced Palestinian refugees in Jordan to live in poverty.

Food Packages for Palestinian refugees in Jordan's Al-Wahda Camp. (ACTNews)

According to Firdaus Guritno of the Global Humanity Network-ACT team, the team distributed hundreds of food packages to refugees at Al-Wahda Camp in Amman. This food aid included a variety of necessities to help refugees meet their food needs for the next month.

"This package includes cooking oil, sugar, rice, canned meat, nuts, dates, pasta, milk, and other ingredients. Insha Allah, this assistance will help to alleviate the burden on refugees who have long been burdened by various humanitarian issues, such as inaccessible health care, a lack of good education, the prohibition on formal employment, and the legacy of poverty," Firdaus, who also visited Jordan to assist with the distribution process, stated.

Ade Padmo Sarwono, the Indonesian Ambassador to Jordan, emphasized the importance of coordination and communication among humanitarian NGOs working to help Palestine, particularly with the Indonesian Embassy in Jordan.

"Coordination and communication in assisting Palestine are important because the Indonesian Embassy in Jordan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are state bodies that will always be asked for consideration and insight from other government institutions," Ade explained.

The Jordanian Parliament's representative, Ahmad Ousho Dawyama, praised Indonesia's assistance to Palestinian refugees. Dawyama expressed gratitude to ACT and the Indonesian government for their assistance, claiming that few parties are concerned about the fate of Palestinian refugees in Jordan.

"Of course, this is an excellent program for refugees, and we hope that it will continue because the refugees require it. Since 1948, Jordan has housed a large number of Palestinian refugees. Not many other humanitarian foundations have helped refugees in Jordan," Dawyama explained. []