Palestine can take a cue from Indonesia: Senator

Palestine can take a cue from Indonesia: Senator

"Freedom For Palestine" poster of Indonesian community in action at the United Nations office in Jakarta on Thursday (7 July, 2015). (ANTARA/Muhammad Adimaja)

So, several Palestinians are living as refugees in other countries."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Palestine can take a cue from Indonesia that diplomacy cannot be separated from the struggle to achieve freedom, according to Sukamta, a member of Commission I of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR).

"Conducting diplomacy in the United Nations (UN) is important and raising the flag of Palestine in the UN headquarters is a positive step," he stated here on Friday.

In Sukamtas opinion, Palestine must always remember that raising the flag is basically indicative of complete freedom, either de facto or de jure.

Palestine must also be aware of the situation that Israel is one step ahead and has positioned itself as a full member of the UN.

"This (the flag raising) is an advanced step for Palestine. But be aware, do not get too excited," he added.

Sukamta, who is also secretary of the Keadilan Sejahtera Party (PKS) faction in the DPR, stated that the main objective of the Palestinian people is to achieve freedom, with Al-Quds as the capital.

The freedom itself should be followed up by granting rights to the Palestinians, who have been expelled by Israel, to return back to their land.

"So, several Palestinians are living as refugees in other countries," he noted.

He explained that the Palestinians had mostly fled to at least three countries. There are around 3 million Palestinians living in Jordan, one million in Lebanon, and 800 thousand in Syria.

Moreover, approximately 3 million Palestinians are living in North Africa, Europe, Canada, and Australia, among others.

Earlier, the Palestinian flag was hoisted at the UN headquarters on a flagpole located in the rose garden on Wednesday (September 30).

(Reported by Imam Budilaksono/Translated by Roy Rosa Bachtiar/Uu.R029/INE/KR-BSR/F001)