MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – 53 Palestinian people including 14 children were killed and more than 300 were injured on brutal and indiscriminate attacks by Israelis in the Gaza Strip.
President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir deemed that the Israeli atrocities would escalate armed conflicts and wider chaos in the area.
“The circumstance has happened for more than a month, and it may prolong Israeli-Palestinian conflicts,” stated Haedar on Saturday (15/5).
He explained that the conflicts begun from the greed and brutality of Israel which the international community, particularly the United Nations (UN), seemed to let the violence occur and to protect Israel. They’ve never acted using international law to punish the state.
Jerusalem as the occupied Palestinian territory dwelt by Muslims, Christians, and Jews has confronted war, violence, and prolonged conflicts since 1948. Now Israel expands its political ambition to widen its territory which always triggers conflicts in the occupied Palestinian territory.
“The expansion renders political turmoil and war in the occupied Palestinian territory,” said Haedar.
He urged the international community to act resolutely. As long as the embers of the UN don’t take any action, Israel will always be arbitrary.
“The international community, especially the UN, loving freedom should act unequivocally against the arbitrariness and may not protect Israel. Stop all violence, cruelty, eviction, and genocide of Israel towards the Palestinians,” he asserted.
Muhammadiyah appreciated a firm stance of Indonesia to defend the State of Palestine and condemn the brutality of Israel.
“Therefore, we wish Indonesia would request the international community, the Arabs and the UN in particular, to impose sanctions on Israel and cease the expansion and attacks against the occupied Palestinian territory and Palestinian civilians,” affirmed Haedar.
Muhammadiyah and the Indonesian people always fight for and support the Palestinian people for the sake of upholding the sovereignty of the State of Palestine free from all Israeli arbitrariness.
“Muhammadiyah also strongly condemns Israeli attacks, cruelty and neocolonial expansion,” expressed Haedar.
In this modern era none of parties may act arbitrarily against others such as Israel against the State of Palestine, a legitimate state.
Colonialism and oppression should no longer exist in this era upholding independence, freedom, and human rights. The modern world is supposed to create peace and freedom for all nations so that people can live with dignity and sovereignty.
“The whole world, which is pro democracy, pro human rights, and anti violence and war should work together to stop all expansion and armed attacks by one country or party against other countries and parties which have rights to freedom and peace,” he declared.