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Antony Loewenstein: Changing people's perceptions about Jews

  • Desy Nurhayati

    THE JAKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 26 2009   /  01:28 pm

www.safecom.org.auHis recent visit to Aceh made Antony Loewenstein the first Jew that most people in the country's devoutly Muslim province had ever met or engaged with. Some Acehnese he met were surprised to learn that the Jewish-Australian journalist, author of the controversial and best-selling book My Israel Question, was a harsh critic of Israel's policy on Palestine, and was in fact a supporter of the latter. "Are there many of you?" asked a man from a group that had pledged to travel to Gaza to fight the Israeli army during its conflict with Hamas. Another said, "We don't hate Jews, but we oppose Israel's occupation of Palestine." A Sydney-based writer and blogger, Loewenstein spent two weeks in Indonesia last month as a guest at the major literary event the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, in Bali, as well as visiting the ancient Buddhist monument of Borobud...