Indonesians protest US support for Israel

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP) — Several hundred Indonesians yesterday protested what they called American support for Israel outside the United States (US) Embassy and the United Nations (UN) mission in Jakarta.

Carrying giant Palestinian and Indonesian flags and signs that read “Indonesian worker solidarity for free Palestine”, the demonstrators marched from several mosques to a major street outside the embassy. The rally was organised by the Indonesian Muslim Workers Movement and several other groups.

Authorities with loudspeakers warned the protesters to maintain social distancing. More than 2,300 police, many wearing hazmat suits, were deployed to secure the embassy, the nearby presidential palace and the UN mission.

Indonesia does not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel and has long been a strong supporter of Palestinians. President Joko Widodo has condemned the recent Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks from the territory.

Protester march during an anti-Israel rally outside the building that houses the UN representative office in Jakarta, Indonesia. PHOTO: AP