Inter-Parliamentary Union

Apr 23rd, 2007, in News, by

Reactions to the visit of Israeli parliament members to Indonesia.

A delegation from the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, is likely to attend the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting at Nusa Dua, Bali from April 29th to May 4th, 2007.

The Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) has led the opposition to the visit. PKS President, Tifatul Sembiring asked the government to not allow the Israeli MP's to visit, as a sign of Indonesia's outrage at Israeli human rights crimes. tempo

A Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) leader, Said Agil Siroth, said the NU had no problem with the visit. metrotv However Malik Haramain, the leader of the NU's youth wing, Gerakan Pemuda (GP) Ansor, "rejected" the visit and hoped the Indonesian parliament would lobby the IPU member states to pass a resolution condemning Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. antara

Chairman of the NU, Hasyim Muzadi, hoped that there would not be demonstrations, terrorist attacks, or violence at the conference. republika

The Director of the Institute for Public Studies (IPS), Fadli Zon, said allowing the Israeli MP's to visit would mean that in effect Indonesia recognised the existence of Israel, this being in violation of the basic law of Indonesia, which forbids colonialism. antara

Muhammadiyah's Din Syamsuddin said the delegation could come provided the invitation was sent out by the IPU and not the Indonesian government. He hoped Indonesia could use the IPU event to: antara

convey our stance that we oppose and strongly protest the Israeli miliatry`s occupation and control of Palestine and all the cruelties they have done to the Palestinian people.

However a later report has Din Syamsuddin saying that the Indonesian government must reject the visit, because allowing it would set a bad precedent. It could lead to Indonesia recognising Israel, he worried.

Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayuda said the government could not prevent the Israelis' visit. antara


9 Comments on “Inter-Parliamentary Union”

  1. avatar Saipul says:

    Same crap, different day. Israel can’t visit Bali, a majority-Hindu island, but the Indonesian government can buy hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons from Israel (which it has done for over a decade to keep its F-16s flying).

  2. avatar Andrew says:

    The visiting Israelis should be concerned of their safety, too 😀

  3. avatar Dymal says:

    Apparently it is a classic movement of every religious party leader.

    They are really on perpetual attempt to gain popularity, and they never let any opportunity away.
    Either on their prophet cartoon issue, or on israel attack on libanon, or knesset visit to bali, or RUU-APP.

    The real sad thing is nobody try to give more clear picture to the public (apart from little effort by Gus Dur), and seems to me that everybody wants the public as mis-informed as it is today.

  4. avatar Karina says:

    “as a sign of Indonesia’s outrage at Israeli human rights crimes”

    These people act as if Indonesia never commits any human rights crimes.

  5. avatar Janma says:

    By all means, lets keep up the war! Dialogue is for children.
    Janma.
    *who wonders if Indonesian diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice Doggy’ while scouting around for the nearest rock.*

  6. avatar Grace and Mercy says:

    I thought Bali is not a part of Indonesia? 😉

    Sure feel like it’s not (in a very good way) 😀

  7. avatar McFadden says:

    I pray to Yahwe for His protection over His chosen people, the Israeli’s Parliament Member, during their time in Indonesia!

    Several year ago when I was still working with an international airlines company in Jakarta, my boss asked me to find some information about the Indonesian Immigration rules for Israeli people to visit Indonesia. Because there were some travel agent people from Israel would like to visit Indonesia.

    I talked to a immigration officer over the phone and he gave me all the information. He also mentioned to me that Jewish people really need a special guard during their time of visit in Indonesia, because for moslem people to drink the blood of Jews is halal! I passed this information to my boss and the Israeli’s travel agent people never came to Indonesia.

  8. avatar Arema says:

    Hi mcfadden,
    It is sad, but the information you’ve acquired is most likely true. Considering the situations, it is best to avoid Indonesia for a foreseeable future, until things calmed down… for the best interest of both parties. But maybe Bali is safer, slightly…

    I, on behalf of all Indonesian who want to apologize, want to apologize to you and all Israelis. These past 10 years have been extremely difficult for us with so many things going on (monetary crisis, government crisis, poverty, inter-everything clashes, chain of natural disasters, etc), and people are not thinking as clearly.

    I will pray for Israel so that the unnecessary bloodshed will end as soon as possible, and your country can finally live in peace. I humbly ask you to pray for my country as well.

    God Bless you.

  9. avatar McFadden says:

    Shalom Arema,

    Thank you so much for your very nice comment. The Lord bless you abundantly and exceedingly!

    By the way, I’m Indonesian by birth, but as a believer in Yeshua the Messiah, I believe that I am Abraham’s seeds and heirs according to the promise (Galatian 3:26-29). So, I believe that I’m a spiritual Jew!

    You said:

    These past 10 years have been extremely difficult for us with so many things going on (monetary crisis, government crisis, poverty, inter-everything clashes, chain of natural disasters, etc), and people are not thinking as clearly.

    It’s very sad and I’m so concern about the situation in Indonesia. I will keep Indonesia in my prayer. I was there when all the crisis started. But, on 2003 the Lord sent me to America for His glory. Since then I’ve been serving Him with my husband. Praise the Lord! All for for His glory and honor!

    Let us keep Israel and the people in our prayer. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

    Have a blessed day in Yeshua.

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