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Jakarta Post

Questioning religions without fear

  • Ahmad Junaidi

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 27 2008   /  03:16 pm

Jews are apparently one of -- if not the -- the most-hated people among Indonesian Muslims, because Israel as a state has committed gross human rights abuses against Palestinians for 60 years since the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948. In a meeting on media and diversity recently, chairman of the Indonesian Survey Institute Syaiful Mujani revealed a finding of his latest research that more than 30 percent of Muslims here did not want Jewish people as their neighbors. Violence by the Jewish state, which celebrated its 60th anniversary May 14, has made headlines in newspapers for decades here while rocket attacks and suicide bombings on Israel's discos and nightclubs by Hamas get little attention in the media. Although Palestine is geographically far away, it's emotionally close to many Muslims here, even though not all Palestinians are Muslims. The Pales...