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Jakarta Post

NU cleric speaks of harmony in Israel visit

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  12:12 am

Amid a diplomatic row between Indonesia and Israel that was sparked by entry permits, Yahya Cholil Staquf, a high-ranking cleric from Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has come into the spotlight for accepting an invitation by an Israeli organization to deliver a speech in Jerusalem.

Yahya, commonly known as Gus Yahya, was invited by the Israel Council on Foreign Relations to deliver a speech titled “Shifting Geopolitical Calculus: From Conflict to Cooperation” at the David Amar World North African Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem on Wednesday local time.

While the invitation sparked controversy in Indonesia because of the recent brouhaha between the two nations, Yahya only recently broke his silence to explain his visit and reiterate his stance in promoting peace for Palestinians.

“I stand here for Palestine. I stand here on th...