Thousands of people took to the streets of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Saturday, and called to "defend the al-Aqsa Mosque" against Israel.
According to the Jakarta Post, despite heavy rain, supporters of the PSK party marched from the National Monument compound to Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, holding banners which read, “Save al-Aqsa Mosque from Zionist Israel” and “One man one dollar to save Palestine”. They also held a large carton model of the Temple Mount mosque.
Tri Wisaksana, chairman of the party’s Jakarta chapter, promised the audience, “We will prove Indonesian people are ready to support any movement to protect al-Aqsa, the third holiest mosque in the world."
Protestors hold large model of mosque
According to the newspaper, the rally was a response to "Israeli excavation to build a tunnel that will endanger the foundation of al-Aqsa Mosque."
The party which organized the rally called on the Indonesian government to officially protest the project and gather international support for a United Nations Security Council meeting to condemn Israel.
The rally was also attended by senior Indonesian politicians. Indonesia, a country consisting of over 1, 3000 islands in southeast Asia, is the world's largest Muslim country. Some 88% of its population of 235 million people follow Islam.
Riots broke out in Jerusalem this week on what was defined by Hamas and Islamic movements as "the day of rage". Hundreds of people took to the streets of east Jerusalem and clashed with the security forces on the backdrop of the reopening of the Hurva synagogue in Jerusalem's Old City. Dozens were injured and many were arrested, but Police Commissioner Dudi Cohen stressed that "this is not the beginning of a third intifada."