Indonesian VP says made Dua not Jihad

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  • Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2002 22:42:29 +0100

Indonesian Muslims should offer humanitarian aid and prayer rather than
going to the West Bank to fight alongside Palestinians, Vice President
Hamzah Haz has been quoted as saying. 

"If people want to register as fighters for Palestine, feel free, but it
would be more effective if we provide humanitarian aid and prayer," the
state Antara news agency quoted Haz as saying Friday. 

Haz, speaking after talks with Palestinian representative Ribhi Awad,
said Awad had told him that Palestinian "do not need us" to go to West
Bank as fighters. 

Jakarta has condemned the Israeli action but has not banned would-be
volunteers to try to travel to the Palestinian territories to fight
against Israel. 

Several Muslim groups here, including the militant Front for the
Defenders of Islam and the Islamic Youth Movement, have opened
registration for volunteers to fight with the Palestinians. 

Haz said the government would not provide assistance for would-be
volunteers. 

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-populated nation with more than 80
percent of its 216 million people following Islam, has no diplomatic
ties with Israel. 

Source:  AFP
 

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