Indonesian Man Plans to Celebrate Israeli Independence
An Indonesian man plans to celebrate Israel's Independence Day in Jakarta, according to the Jakarta Post. The man, Unggun Dahana, will hold his celebration after Israeli celebrations because he has not yet received police permission.
Dahana said he hopes to get permission in one or two weeks.
His plans have met with strong disapproval in the heavily anti-Israel nation. Dahana said he had previously refrained from celebrating Israeli independence out of fear, but told the paper, “I just found the courage this past month.”
Ten people plan to attend the event, Dahana said.
Israel and Indonesia do not have diplomatic ties. Indonesia's government has historically been critical of Israeli military actions, including the recent wars against Hizbullah in 2006 and against Hamas in 2009. However, the Indonesian Rescue and Emergency Organization has signed an agreement with Israel's first-response group, Magen David Adom.
An estimated 20 Jews live in Indonesia, which has a population of close to 240 million, most of whom are Muslims. A revival of Jewish pride was reported in the city of Manado in November.