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Jakarta Post

Indonesia should lead in global Jewish-Muslim ties

  • Niruban Balachandran

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 8 2019   /  01:46 am

When Indonesia successfully campaigned for a seat on the 2019-2020 United Nations Security Council last year, it marketed itself as “a true partner for world peace” and “a bridge-builder”. In fact, the word “peace” appeared 13 times in its campaign brochure. However, after a month in this seat, Indonesia has not yet taken the lead in building the most difficult, and therefore most necessary, bridge of all: Jewish-Muslim relations.

For example, why hasn’t the world’s largest Muslim-majority country not yet officially recognized the world’s oldest Abrahamic and fifth-largest religion, Judaism? Jakarta often hails its constitution as protecting religious freedom for all, but unfortunately, Judaism is not yet officially recognized.

Internationally, Jews are an ethnoreligious group who have enriched human civilization for millennia, from agriculture to psychi...