Indonesian Public Kitchen Serves Palestinians in Jerusalem

Indonesian Public Kitchen Serves Palestinians in Jerusalem

ACTNews, JERUSALEM – A number of Palestinian Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteers in Jerusalem were seen busy cooking rice and side dishes since early in the morning. On Saturday (3/16), ACT opens the Indonesian Public Kitchen in Jerusalem and served 1,000 packages of free meals for people around the Al-Aqsa Compound.

In early noon, the lunch packages of rice and chicken were ready to be distributed. From the Indonesian Public Kitchen, the lunch packages were moved to a corner of a street near Al-Aqsa Compound where each of the package was handed out to the passers-by. The beneficiaries of the free lunch distribution included children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The Indonesian Public Kitchen in near A-Aqsa represents the support of the Indonesians for the Jerusalemites, especially the Palestinian safeguards of the Sacred Compound known as the murabitin. The situation has escalated in Jerusalem for the last two weeks where entrances to Al-Aqsa Compound have been repeatedly closed and reopened.

The support from the people of Indonesia was warmly received by the people of Palestine. Sheikh Raed Deana, an imam in Al-Aqsa Mosque, expressed his thankfulness for the support from the people of Indonesia that has strengthened the Palestinians around Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“My brothers and sisters in ACT, my noble brothers and sisters the Indonesians, our mutual bond has strengthened the Palestinians in the blessed Al-Aqsa,” said Raed Deana.

He explained about the condition of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the last few days, stating that the Israeli authority tries to change the conditions of the Muslims around Al-Aqsa who have lived there for hundreds of years, one of those ways is by closing the entrances to the Sacred Compound. When the entrances to Al-Aqsa Compound were closed on Tuesday (3/12), Sheikh Raed Deana said that no azan was called from the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Worshippers had to pray on the streets.

“We are telling the people of Indonesia, who have fortified our strength, that Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger and in need of support from Muslims throughout the world. The Palestinians in Al-Quds hope that you will continue guarding and protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque that belongs to 1.8 billion world Muslims,” hoped the sheikh.

To date, the aid from the Indonesians is still reaching the people of Palestine through several programs like the Indonesian Public Kitchen, Humanity Card, and Indonesia Humanitarian Center in Gaza. In a few months, ACT plans to sail another Humanitarian Ship for Palestine, bringing 1,000 tons of food and slated to depart before Ramadan. []



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