Saturday, December 8, 2007
From Khalid Amayreh in Occupied East Jerusalem
"This week, Israeli media reported that a delegation of Indonesian Muslim religious leaders arrived in occupied Palestine and was being hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres.
According to the reports, the clerics, who claimed to represent up to 70 million people in the most populous Muslim country, told Peres that they wanted to present the moderate face of Islam that seeks cooperation and peace with other countries and religions and repudiate Islamic extremists.....
This is a question we put to these Indonesian Muslim dignitaries who have come to occupied Palestine to be deceived and duped by the most lying people on earth.
Certainly, the Palestinian people are not against good and constructive relations between the followers or Islam, Judaism and Christianity and other religions.
However, it is always wrong to visit a country whose political leaders and military commanders regularly instruct their trigger-happy troops to murder school children, farmers, day laborers and college students and then an obscenely mendacious hasbara (propaganda) machine would be entrusted with the dishonest task of turning the black into white and the white into black and the big lie into a virtual truth that is glorified by millions. Have they stopped claiming that the Israeli army is in fact the most moral army in the world?
There is no doubt that these Indonesian delegates are making a great harm to the cause of Islam, to the Palestinian cause, and to the cause of al Masjidul Aqsa since their untimely and unwise visit would be interpreted by a condescending Israel as bestowing some legitimacy on Israel’s Nazi-like policies and practices against the Palestinian people.
As a result of your visit, Israel’s crimes will cost less, and Peres and Olmert and their cohorts will tell non-Muslim critics of Israeli criminality…well, you surely won’t be more Muslim than the Muslim!!
Shame on you. "