Indonesian NGOs condemn UAE-Israel normalisation deal as ‘crime’

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Indonesian Muslims stage a protest outside the US ambassador's office in Jakarta against President Donald Trump's announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, 2017. Image: Dasril Roszandi/Anadolu

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The Alliance of Indonesian NGOs has denounced the UAE-Israel normalisation deal, saying it harms the Palestinian cause and is a “robbery” of Palestinian rights, Anadolu news agency reports.

The Indonesian Coalition Defending Baitul Maqdis, an alliance of 30 NGOs, said the normalisation of relations with “zionist Israel” is a crime in terms of diplomacy, culture, economy and human rights.

“Parties or countries that normalise relations with invaders consider colonialism as normal, thus normalising injustice, murder and robbery,” Bachtiar Nasir, chairman of the alliance, told Anadolu.

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The groups said countries that carry out normalisation with Israel agree with its crimes against Palestine.

“No one has this attitude unless the country that carries out normalisation has the mentality of colonialists and criminals,” said Nasir. “It is also a betrayal of efforts to maintain the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The NGOs called on world leaders, especially those in the Muslim world, to help solve Palestinian problems fairly, and not to be easily tempted by material offers from Israel.

“Wealth will come and go, but a policy based on justice and humanity will set a lasting golden record in history,” the chairman said.

West Bank ‘annexation’ delayed
This comes after US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.

Abu Dhabi said the deal was an effort to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank.

However, opponents believe normalisation efforts have been in the offing for many years as Israeli officials have made official visits to the UAE and attended conferences in the country which had no diplomatic or other ties with the occupation state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated on August 17 that annexation is not off the table, but has simply been delayed.

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