Indonesian Students Protest Against Israeli Strikes
Hundreds of Indonesian Muslim students protested in Jakarta Sunday against fresh Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
About 1,000 students carried Palestinian flags and photographs of destruction and civilian casualties, chanting “Save Gaza, Save Humanity” in English outside the US embassy.
“We are showing our support for Palestinians who have suffered in the latest attack,” protest coordinator Yousef Saiful Gunawan, 21, told AFP.
“America is a country that has always championed human rights but why is it not doing anything to stop Israel’s attacks? Israel is the real terrorist,” he added.
Israeli air strikes killed 16 Palestinians in Gaza on Saturday, and fresh strikes on a media centre and homes early Sunday caused further deaths and injuries.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, with 240 million people, is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause.
Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Thursday said the government was “following the situation on the Gaza Strip closely and attentively”.
“Indonesia urges all parties to refrain from further actions so as not to aggravate the situation which could result in casualties among innocent civilians,” he said.