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Monday, 26 February 2024 20:53

Indonesian Ministry Commends Thousands of Runners Expressing Support to Palestine

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Participants run during the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports commended thousands of runners participating in the "Indonesia Run for Palestine" event on Sunday (25/02/2024). The ministry's Deputy for Youth Empowerment, Asrorun Ni'am Sholeh, representing its minister Dito Ariotedjosaid that sport is intended to express a purpose.

"Sport is a universal language to express a desire or a purpose, and today we gathered and ran to express our moral, financial, and spiritual support for the Palestinian independence," Ni'am said in his remarks at the ministry's campus in Jakarta before the run started.


As per the statement received from the ministry on Sunday, he said that participants in the event reflected the majority of Indonesians who support Palestinian independence. Ni'am also said that expressing support for the Palestinians would be a meaningful action amidst the continued aggression and occupation of Palestine by Israel.


The ministry deputy then highlighted the story of Abraham, or Prophet Ibrahim as known by Muslims, who was burned alive by the evil king Nimrod. While Ibrahim was at the stake, according to the story, ants formed a chain to extinguish the flame, but they were ridiculed by other animals who questioned whether the act would save Ibrahim. The story, he said, allows people to learn that the question is not about the effectiveness of the action, but rather about the stance people take on the oppression happening before their eyes.


"We hope our presence today will be akin to the ants (that helped) Ibrahim, who would strengthen the push for Palestinian independence," Ni'am remarked.


The "Indonesia Run for Palestine" event was organized by the Indonesian National Alms Agency (Baznas) with the support of the ministry, as well as the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs. During the charity run event, organized to commemorate Baznas' 23rd anniversary, participants ran in a 5.5-kilometer route within the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Central Jakarta. After completing the run, participants also gave donations to the Palestinian people. (Antara)

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