Indonesia

In Indonesia, social media amplifies local support for Palestine—and also Israel

Divya Karyza (The Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta   ●  
Mon, May 31, 2021

The latest escalation of violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict has sparked huge solidarity among Indonesians on social media and further amplified the pro-Palestine voices in the country, which has the world’s the largest Muslim population.

Digital technology, however, has also emancipated those supporting the other side in the decades-old conflict, with more pro-Israel Indonesian social media users, while still a minority, now emerging to openly challenge the pro-Palestine narratives.

Indonesia’s support for Palestinian independence goes back to the era of founding president Sukarno. It has become conventional wisdom that both its government and its people are unanimous in their support for Palestine. Jakarta does not have bilateral relations with Tel Aviv, and any form of formal cooperation with Israel is often viewed with suspicion.

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