Indonesian Ulemas Urge Boycotting American and Israeli Products

Protesters burn American and Israeli flags in front of the US Embassy in Jakarta on Friday (15/12). (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

By : Telly Nathalia | on 8:04 PM December 17, 2017
Category : News, Politics, Featured, Religion, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI, released a statement on Sunday (17/12) urging Indonesians to boycott American and Israeli products to protest United States President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

MUI was one of the organizers of a massive street rally to protest Trump's Jerusalem move at the National Monument in Central Jakarta on Sunday.

"We can replace them [American and Israeli products] with locally made ones," MUI Secretary General Anwar Abbas said as quoted by Antara news agency.

Abbas said MUI's call was made "after taking a close look at Trump’s decision... and its negative impact, especially on Palestinians."

MUI said Trump’s unilateral action has harmed efforts to create peace in the Middle East. The ulemas said if the decision is not revoked, Trump will lose his legitimacy as a mediator of peace between Palestine and Israel.

Jakarta Police said around 80,000 people joined the rally in the middle of the capital. Authorities deployed 20,000 police and military personnel to guard the protesters, Reuters reported.

MUI also urged member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to cut diplomatic ties with Israel and to shore up their support for Palestine.

The OIC held an extraordinary summit on Dec. 12-13 in Istanbul, Turkey, calling on the US to reverse its decision on Jerusalem and urged its members to heap political and economic pressure on Israel.

MUI urged the United Nations (UN) to hold an extraordinary session to freeze US membership at the UN and to move the UN headquarters out of the United States. The UN headquarters is now in New York.

The ulemas, seconded by various Islamic organizations present at the rally, also called on Indonesia's House of Representatives to reevaluate US investment in Indonesia.

The United States is the fourth biggest investor in Indonesia, contributing $731.5 million in foreign direct investment in Indonesia in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to data from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

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