Indonesian president says patience ‘has long run out’ over Israeli occupation

Published March 7th, 2016 - 11:53 GMT
President Joko Widodo urged Israel to end the occupation. (AFP/File)
President Joko Widodo urged Israel to end the occupation. (AFP/File)

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia has called on Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian territories. His statement came during a speech at the opening of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Jakarta on Monday.

President Widodo said that “as part of the international community, Israel must immediately stop its illegal activities and policies in occupied territories.”

“Indonesia and the Islamic world are ready to take concrete steps to push Israel to end its colonization of Palestine and its arbitrary actions in al-Quds al-Sharif [Jerusalem],” he said.

The summit was organized by the Palestinian Authority in an effort to de-escalate the current situation in Palestine and Israel, and reaffirm the OIC’s support for Palestinian independence.

Delegates from 49 of the OIC’s 57 members were present at the summit, including the leader of Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes.

Luckily for him (but unfortunately for human rights), Indonesia is not a party to the ICC statute.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said that Palestine would “work constantly” to bring back its land.

“We have approached our brothers in Gaza,” he said, referring to Hamas. “If there is goodwill, if there is a desire, we can establish a unity government in a few months.”

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