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Jakarta Post

Rabble-rouser gripes at peace mission

The Jakarta Post
  ●   Thu, June 13, 2013

The Islam Defenders Front (FPI) spokesman Munarman on Wednesday criticized a trip by Golkar Party lawmaker Tantowi Yahya to Israel.

Munarman said that, by making the trip, Tantowi had ignored Palestinian Muslims suffering under what he called Israeli imperialism.

'€œThe State Constitution clearly stipulates our stance against imperialism and we must take concrete action to oppose it, by not visiting Israel for any reason,'€ Munarman said as quoted by

Munarman said that rather than visiting Israel, Tantowi should have gone to the Gaza Strip where Palestinians are persecuted.

Tantowi confirmed that he had been to Israel with members of the national media and a number of Muslim intellectuals.

The visit was to directly observe the peace process between Israel and Palestine. Munarman, a former rights campaigner, is well known for his controversial statements.

He was recently dropped by the United Development Party from its list of legislative candidates.

Golkar Party executive Hajriyanto Tohari said that the party central board knew nothing about Tantowi'€™s visit.