World Cup Ditolak? Kasihan Indonesia!

I have often declared my deep affection for Indonesia…



…and try always to give credit to good deeds and good intentions in the news here.

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…but it’s surely true that true friends offer constructive criticism when appropriate.

Hence I wish that Governor in Bali had taken a different stance on Israel’s participation in an important sporting event.



Israel is not without its faults, but think of Iran, a country tuled by satanic sectarians…


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…or Afghanistan, as bad if not worse than Iran..

Or North Korea…



….or indeed Red China….

…where Muslims  – if everything must be viewed through a narrow sectarian prism  – are suffering grievously.

However, instead of a diatribe, I offer an extract from a local news report…

Several political parties such as the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI P), the United Development Party (PPP), and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) have also refused to allow the Israeli national team to appear in the 2023 U-20 World Cup.

One might expect no less from the PKS, whose former leader, Anis Matta, infamously penned a poetic ode to the unlamented terrorist pig Osama Bin Laden…



…but the PDI-P likes to present itself as a moderate party.

Oh, and these mass organisations?also ranting?

‘…there is the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) ), Solo Raya Alliance, Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C), KNPI, Aqsa Working Group, to the Indonesian Committee for Solidarity with the Islamic World (KISDI).

Never heard of any of those, except the FPI, which was banned, to the delight of those who abhorred Islamist bigoty….



…but resurfaced with a slightly different name…

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Habib Muhammad Hanif Al-Athos.

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……..and a leader whose hateful ranting, as above, I noted last year.

Easy to make acerbic comments, but instead I quote again, from a sensible Indonesian observer, with whom I am not familiar but who clearly cares about his country.

His name is Akmal Marhali…

Football observer and Save Our Soccer Coordinator Akmal Marhali said shooting tear gas was the first problem that triggered the number of fatalities after the League 1 match between Arema FC vs Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, East Java, Saturday (1/10/2022)
Football observer and Save Our Soccer Coordinator Akmal Marhali 

…and he….believes that the parties making noise about Israel’s refusal are to blame for the cancellation of Indonesia’s hosting.


(pardon my use of Google Translate, but his meaning is plain enough!)


Akmal said that these parties must apologize for having buried the dreams of the Indonesian people to compete and host the U-20 World Cup.



“Those who make noise and make us cancel hosting the World Cup must be responsible, don’t run away from responsibility.

They must be morally responsible.

Apologize to all the people of Indonesia, all our young players who have lost their dream of appearing in the World Cup. ,” said Akmal’s statement…



“Apologizing to all Indonesian people for missing the opportunity to make history as living witnesses that we have hosted the World Cup and also apologize to all Indonesian people that we as a nation have failed to carry out the big mandate and we as a nation have failed to uphold the commitments that have been given.”



“Those who make noise and make us fail to host the World Cup can also be criminally prosecuted, because they have caused us losses both materially and immaterially, have made our nation humiliated in the eyes of the world because of sectoral ego interests, political interests…



… this is truly a very painful incident. for the Indonesian people and a very worrying incident where political interests sacrificed the interests of many people…”

 “Pengamat: Yang Bikin Gaduh soal Israel Harus Minta Maaf ke Rakyat Indonesia” selengkapnya