MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Indonesia has three main bases underlying its support for Palestine, namely the mandate of the Constitution, a historical aspect, and solidarity with third-world countries.
The mandate is stated on the Preamble of the 1945 Constitution that “Whereas Independence is truly the right of all nations and therefore colonization in the world shall be abolished, as it is not in accordance with humanity and justice.”
Besides, one of the Indonesia’s national goal is mentioned on the fourth paragraph, “to participate in the execution of world order which is by virtue of freedom, perpetual peace and social justice.”
In history, Palestine is one of the states recognize the independence of Indonesia. Thus, Indonesia’s support for Palestine is a must.
In halalbihalal (post-Ramadan gathering) conducted by Sunday (23/5), President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir questioned why elites in this country stand with Israel and request people to be passive to Palestine instead of obeying the constitution.
“We strongly condemn Israel and whoever does perpetual aggression and colonialization. I think the elites should be enlightened if they presume that defending Palestine is primordialism and brings rioting Islamic behaviors in the Middle East to Indonesia,” he asserted.
Haedar also criticized Muslims to be more objective and to prompt spirit and support countries, not only Islamic states, confronting calamity.
“We have to make the people and the elites grasp history and constitution to fight for Palestine and everyone facing a similar condition. Indeed, Muslims should be honest and just and defend others dealing with the same condition although they have a different religious background,” he declared.
According to Haedar, Muhammadiyah will always try to be the main Islamic factor and actor of civilization. Thus, he advised Muhammadiyah people not to engage in unproductive and rhetoric activities.
“Muhammadiyah should stand with victims of aggression and arbitrariness,” he stated.