Thousands of Indonesians stage anti-Israel rally

Protesters aim fake missiles labeled "Target: Tel Aviv, Israel" at the US Embassy.

January 2, 2009 12:34
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Thousands of Indonesians stage anti-Israel rally

indonesia gaza protest 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

More than 10,000 Muslims marched through Indonesia's capital on Friday to protest the ongoing bombing raids in Gaza, aiming fake missiles labeled "Target: Tel Aviv, Israel" at the US Embassy. A protest was also held in the Philippines against Israel's assault, which has killed more than 400 people. Men, women and children attending the Indonesian rally organized by the Islamic-based Justice and Prosperity Party waved Indonesian and Palestinian flags and shouted "Allahu akbar," Arabic for "God is great." Many wore traditional white robes and held banners that read: "Save Palestine from Israel, the terrorist." They marched to the US Embassy, which was guarded by hundreds of police. At least 10,000 people were at the demonstration in Jakarta, police estimated. Protests were also held after Friday prayers in other Indonesian cities, in what was the largest turnout since Israel began the operation, intended to end weeks of intensifying rocket fire from Gaza. The vast majority of Indonesian Muslims practice a moderate form of Islam. Although they support the creation of a Palestinian state, most oppose violence against Israel. The Indonesian government has pledged $1.2 million in cash and medical supplies for the victims of the bombings. A team of doctors also was to be dispatched to treat the injured. In the Philippines, dozens of demonstrators gathered in Manila, carrying placards saying Israel is a "butcher of children" and accusing it of war crimes. Organizer Reihana Melencio accused Israel of genocide. "This is one of the strongest militaries on earth and attacking a people who can only shoot back some old rockets, sticks and stones," she said.

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