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The Gaza conflict is indeed sad. It has resulted in the death of many civilians - women, children, old people. But what's sadder is that many Indonesians respond to Palestinian-Israeli conflict clinging to their stereotypical perspective about this conflict. Not only that, they actually take hasty actions based on their narrow stereotypical mind.
The synagogue and cemetery in Surabaya, the one and only synagogue in Indonesia, is closed down by a group of Muslim protesters claiming to defend the Palestinian cause. What does this have got to do with the conflict? The Jewish people in Surabaya (only a handful of them) did not bomb the gaza strip! And I thought Islam is supposed to defend the right of minority to practice their own religion? Should I be cynical about this?
Many Indonesians thinks that Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a war against Islam. The reality is much more complex than that, and I am certainly not an expert on it. But I know several things:
For me, the conflict cannot be reduced as a merely religious conflict. The issue is complicated, and it's dangerous to oversimplify and thinking in a stereotypical ways. A simple google search could help re-educate all of us and help us think with a more open mind.
Some Indonesians prefers to send people to Palestine to help fight the Israeli offensive. Why not sending people to rural Indonesia and help build villages, schools, teach people to read? Or if you really want to help Palestine, you can go ahead, boycott Israeli and American products if you want (this includes using the internet and softwares ya?). Just don't infringe other people's right to worship.
(Um on second thought.. go ahead and leave to the warzones, but don't ever come back to Indonesia... I hope you don't kill people along the way.. )