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Jakarta Post

Clerics call for probe of Al-Zaytun

  • Hans David Tampubolon and Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Jambi   /   Sat, April 30 2011   /  08:00 am

A group of Islamic organizations urged the government on Friday to investigate the alleged link between the Al-Zaytun Islamic boarding school in West Java and the Indonesian Islamic State (NII) movement.

Din Syamsuddin, the chair of Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organization Muhammadiyah, said at a joint press conference held by 15 major Islamic organizations in the country, “If the government has enough evidence [about the link], don’t stand still.”

It has long been rumored that the Islamic boarding school in Indramayu, West Java — often billing itself the largest Islamic boarding school in Indonesia — has received funds from various illegal sources, including the NII movement.

Many have said the school was used by NII to promote its ideology and recruit followers. The school is often thought to be the base of the NII Commandment Area (KW) 9, a spli...