"The vast majority of Indonesia's Muslims practice a moderate form of the faith and…"

The Myth of Islamic Tolerance

Associated Press/Hat tip Mike

* The same tired old  verse attached to every article in the MSM about Indonesia, regardless on how many churches go up in flames, how many times jihadists blow up bars and restaurants in Bali, regardless how many times Christians (or even minority Muslim groups like the Ahmadiyya) are attacked: show me an article without the obligatory BS-verse: “The vast majority of Indonesia’s Muslims practice a moderate form of the faith and do not advocate violence”.  Rest assured that Indonesians, 99.999 % of them have never met a Jew a probably never will. Is there nobody in the MSM who wonders about why the only synagogue in Indonesia is now closed when “the vast majority of Indonesia’s Muslims practice a moderate form of the faith?”

How do you think this came about?


Indonesian protesters of Gaza op call for country’s only synagogue to close

Islamic hard-liners in Indonesia are calling for the closure of the country’s only synagogue as a protest to Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip. 

Protesters enraged by Israel’s three-week-long operation in Gaza marched to the synagogue’s gates chanting, “Go to hell, Israel!” 

The only Jewish religious site in the world’s most populous Muslim state – which has no rabbi and only a few followers – then closed its doors.

Across Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan, sentiments are running high about the conflict, fueled by disturbing TV footage of Palestinian casualties. 
“This is the way to show our solidarity for the Palestinian people and to condemn the Israeli attacks,” said Abdusshomad Buchori, a local leader of the Ulema Council, which is pushing for the permanent closure of Beth Hashem synagogue in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city.

“If Israel refuses to stop its attacks and oppression of the Palestinian people, we don’t need to defend [the synagogue’s] presence here,” said Buchori, who led about 100 hard-liners to the synagogue, where they burned an Israeli flag. 

The woman who has run the synagogue since the 1970s went underground after the Jan. 7 incident, in which Buchori also threatened to drive any remaining Jews out of town. 

The incident was not unique: An outlet of the American fried chicken chain KFC was shut on Sulawesi island after protesters upset with Washington’s Middle 
East policies hurled chairs and overturned tables. And thousands have rallied in the capital, Jakarta, waving Palestinian flags and shouting insults outside the U.S. Embassy. 

“The Israeli attacks against Palestine and Lebanon have resulted in increased anti-Semitism,” said Hendardi, chairman of the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, a human rights group. Like many Indonesians, he uses a single name. 

The government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, which is seeking re-election in April, donated millions of dollars in aid, sent doctors and humanitarian workers to Gaza and offered peacekeepers – moves that could win votes. 

Smaller radical groups seeking to create an Indonesian Muslim state staged publicity stunts where they claimed to be signing up martyrs for a jihad, or holy war, to combat Israeli troops. 

Despite the calls for volunteers and a message from Osama bin Laden urging 
Muslims to fight in Gaza, there are no known cases of Indonesians leaving to defend the Palestinians. 

Emotions have nonetheless been stirred by the media coverage. One Indonesian broadcaster, tvOne, has been running ads showing footage of Palestinian parents weeping over dead children under the heading, “Tears for Palestine.” 

The vast majority of Indonesia’s Muslims practice a moderate form of the faith and do not advocate violence against Israelis, but they support the creation of a Palestinian state. Jakarta hosts a Palestinian embassy but has no political links with Israel. 

Other major Muslim countries in Asia have also seen an outpouring of support for Palestinians since Israel began its Gaza offensive Dec. 27. 

Malaysian leaders called for a boycott of iconic American brands like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, and pro-Palestinian charities and newspapers have collected millions of dollars in aid. 

Lawmakers sharply criticized Israel’s use of force in a six-hour-long debate and tens of thousands of people held prayer sessions for Palestinians. The conflict is a topic of heated discussion across Malaysia. 

“We are Muslims. We are very angry,” said Zaiton, a 50-year-old Malaysian teacher who declined to give her full name while attending a protest with her four daughters and grandson. “You see the [Palestinian] children. Looking at the newspaper, it’s enough to break your heart.” 

In Pakistan, there are near-daily protests from the southern city of Karachi to towns on the border with Afghanistan. 

Protesters have burned U.S. and Israeli flags and effigies of Israeli leaders. 

Some of the protests have been dominated by women or children. However, most have been limited in size and marshaled mainly by an Islamist political party. 

“All the Muslims of the world should stand united against Israel,” said Qari Shafiq, a principal at an Islamic seminary. “But unfortunately we are divided into countries and sects.” 

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    3 thoughts on “"The vast majority of Indonesia's Muslims practice a moderate form of the faith and…"”

    1. Islam does peace in the manner where it should be and violence exists when the peace itself could no longer manage the oppression of the enemy. Islam stands for truth and justice, we are promoting JIHAD when somebody goes to act immorally. In the name of ALLAH we fight, we defend for what is right & we seek for justice. We should plant jihad in our hearts.

    2. “Guessing the religion of those who plant bombs, hi-jack planes, fire into crowds of civilians, take hostages and murder hostages is the world’s ultimate no-brainer. And yet our leaders, the media and many of us pretend there’s no connection between psychopathic killers and the religion which exalts the slaughter of unbelievers. ”

      What an insanely ignorant comment. Christians and Jews are considered people of the book and have been historically protected-much more than the west has protected its minorities-since its inception. Don’t fall into the trap of associating the economically disaffected or manipulative idealogues with the dogma itself, that’s just another form of blind intolerance and phobia exercised by unsophisticated peasants since the dawn of time. I can tell you would probably excuse the Children’s Crusade. All religions are worthless because they are abstract and malleable to the point where they can be interpreted anyway; that means by violent radicals or diversity-fearing bigots alike.

      Life is too short to maintain a hate blog – especially so if you’re a smoker.

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