Indonesian tourist industry is educating Palestinian Authority (PA) officials how to develop religious and archaeological tourism in the Palestinian territories in order to attract more foreign tourists.
“We want to develop archaeological sites in occupied Palestine. We hope to develop cooperation with Indonesia in the field of tourism and archaeology,” Hussein T. Madina, a Palestinian archaeo-botanist, said in Sragen, Central Java, Thursday.
Madina is one of eleven Palestinians from the West Bank participating in the International Training on Tourism and Antiquities organized by the Directorate of Technical Cooperation at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
But the problem is almost all Muslim sacred places that could attract Muslim tourists from world’s largest Muslim-majority (215 million) country, are located in East Jerusalem, the city occupied by Jew army since 1967 war. Any increase in tourism would fund Israeli occupation.
On the other hand, the 30 million Indonesian Christians do have several religious places in Ramallah in the West Bank and the biblical Walls of Jericho to visit which would create more business for aboriginal Muslim and Christian people of Palestine.
What most Indonesian don’t know that despite Jakarta’s open support for Palestinian cause – secret contacts between Jakarta and Tel Aviv began after CIA-sponsored military coup against country’s first president Ahmed Sukarno in 1965-67. His successor Gen. Suharto had close ties with the Pentagon and Israel. Israeli prime minister Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, a war criminal, visited Indonesia in 1993. Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid (died 2009) received invitation from Israeli president Shimon Peres, a war criminal, to attend the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan on October 26, 1994.
Indonesia even has its own Jewish Lobby – the Indonesia-Israel Public Affairs Committee (IIPAC), established by an Indonesian Jew Benjamin Kentang in 2002. The Zionist officials in the US, Dutch and Canadian embassies support IIPAC.
Indonesian national security agencies have long been infiltrated by CIA-Mossad collaborators. They have been involved in terrorist activities to demonize Indonesian Muslims, sabotage country’s tourism, and bring Jakarta on board the faked War on Terrorism that benefits the Zionist entity the most. The Bali bombing was part of the same scheme.
Arab community in Indonesia is very small (260,000) and almost all its members are Muslims.
Indonesian charities donated money for building an Indonesia Hospital in North Gaza.
P.A. chairman Mahmoud Abbas who is admired by both Shimon Peres and Pope Francis met Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in May 2010 and asked him to use his charm with the US president Barack Obama to force siege of Gaza Strip since 2006.