Palestinian Embassy Invites NGOs to Tell the Current Situation in Jerusalem

Palestinian Embassy in Jakarta hopes NGOs can tell the world the current situation in Jerusalem. They reject the peace proposal backed by the U.S. President.

Palestinian Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia Taher Hamad delivered a presentation on the rejection of the peace proposal proposed by the United States at the Palestinian Embassy in Jakarta, Wednesday (2/5). (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - The Palestinian Embassy to Indonesia hoped humanitarian NGOs throughout the world can inform the public about the current condition in Palestine. The First Secretary of the Palestinian Embassy Ahmad Metani was grateful to the Indonesian people that are always very supportive of the Palestinian cause. He hopes that information regarding the Palestinian situation can be conveyed to the public.

"Maybe some, they don’t know the details of the Deal of the Century. Some people might say this is a chance for the Palestinians to solve the problem (with Israel), so here NGOs [must] explain to the people about how bad the deal of the century [is] for the Palestinian people, "Ahmad told ACTNews, Wednesday (2/5). Ahmad added that NGOs can also collect humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people through the Palestinian embassy in Jakarta.

Palestinian Deputy Ambassador Taher Hamad said in his speech that the deal of the century was a form of apartheid because it legalized Israeli colonialism in Palestinian land. Taher said the Palestinian people, both Muslims and Christians firmly rejected the plan.

The First Secretary of the Palestinian Embassy to Indonesia Ahmad Metani during a press conference on the rejection of the U.S.-proposed peace plan, in Jakarta Wednesday (2/5). (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

There are a number of reasons why Palestinians reject the proposal. The proposal was made without involving the Palestinian side. There are a number of reasons mentioned by Taher, first because Al-Quds or Jerusalem was entirely surrendered to Israel. The second reason is the Israeli settlements in West Bank and Jerusalem. The third reason is the refugees who have the right to return. The fourth reason is the Palestinians detained without justice in Israeli prison.

"We confirm our commitment and respect [for] international law. We [continue] countering violence, extremism, and terrorism. We consider ourselves [a] partner with the international community, and [take] our responsibility part of the United Nations,” said Taher.

Responding to the lopsided peace pland, Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) team - ACT said that this greatly affected the Palestinian population in the West Bank. One of the points in this agreement states that Jerusalem will not be divided and will be given fully to Israel. "So what about the people who have lived there for centuries? How many of their children and grandchildren who have settled there? They (the Palestinian people) were suddenly told to leave. That is very unfair," said Faradiba.

Faradiba said, ACT became one of the humanitarian agencies that has continued to seek support for the Palestinian people through humanitarianism. Since 2015, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has represented the Indonesian community in an effort to reduce the crisis by supplying clean water through the Mobile Water Tank program. In 2019, over 1,200,000 Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank have benefitted from the generosity of Indonesian people. []