A celebration of the foundation of Israel at a Puncak hotel, students in Situbondo outraged.
On May 14th 28 members of the Indonesia-Israel Public Affairs Committee (IIPAC) carried out a muted celebration of the 63rd anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence, at a hotel in Puncak, Bogor, West Java.
Benjamin Ketang, the head of IIPAC, said
We sang the Indonesian national anthem, then sang the Israeli anthem, then read a prayer for the people of Israel.
Afterwards it was down to business, as IIPAC largely consists of businessmen who have dealings with Israel, and panel discussions were held on relevant topics.
Meanwhile, among the furious flurry of reactions and news stories to the impending and now done event, one such story, from the East Java backwater of Situbondo, where senior high school students at SMU Ibrahimy took much of the day off on Saturday to loudly protest against Israel and any recognition of its existence in and by Indonesia.
One student with a megaphone roared
Reject the celebration of Israeli independence, it's an insult to Muslims.
Then they tore and burnt Israeli flags.
If they ask to demonstrate about something stupid of course we won't allow it, but this is an expression of how much they care about the Muslim majority in Indonesia.