ACTNews, JAKARTA – The hot weather of the capital city of Jakarta on the fifth day after Eid ul-Fitr didn’t lessen the spirit of hundreds of people who join in the labor union to express their concern to the Palestinians. Starting the march from in front of the United Nations office, M.H Thamrin Street, the protesters walked to the United States Embassy. Loud voices were heard along the way, the laborers and other protesters hoped for the colonization on the Palestinian land to be erased.
Chants echoed from the loudspeaker on the laborers' vehicles. They continued to ask Indonesian people to support Palestinian freedom. They stood in line when they arrived at the U.S Embassy, applying social distancing to prevent the Covid-19 transmission. Posters containing demands to end the oppression and support for the Palestinians were spread out. They also used shawls and other Palestine-themed attributes as a form of solidarity.
Sofian, one of the protesters from Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, said that his presence in the action demanding Palestinian freedom was because he was concerned about the Israeli aggression in Palestine. The many women and children who were martyred were very saddening to him. “As a big Muslim community, we are supposed to support Palestinian freedom from the oppression,” he said, Tuesday (5/18/2021).
In accordance with Sofian, Siswo Darsono also fully supports the Palestinian struggle to achieve freedom. He did it as part of the nation whose independence was recognized by the Palestinians. “My prayer is that the Palestinians will be given patience for this trial and keep fighting! " he said excitedly.
The relationship between Indonesia and Palestine is not newly formed. Since the era of the late President Soekarno, Indonesia has announced their support for Palestinian freedom from the Israeli occupation. It was proven in many ways, such as barring Israel from the Asian Games 1962 participation in Jakarta, and the absence of diplomatic relations with Israeli occupation until now.
On Tuesday (5/18/2021), the protesters were asking for firm actions from the Indonesian government towards the Israeli colonization in Palestine. Rani from the University of Muhammadiyah Jakarta said that Indonesia had to strive in the United Nations Security Council to fight for the Palestinian’s freedom. Support from Indonesian people and everyone throughout the world is also needed. “We have to unite in supporting the Palestinian freedom on their own land,” said Rani.