Jews in Obama's Muslim Indonesia Have to Stay Hidden

Obama loved talking and writing about Indoonesia. Did he, in all that time, find the time to mention the plight of Indonesia's Christians, Chinese and other non-Muslim minorities, including Jews?

Of course not.

Islamophobia matters. Anti-Semitism doesn't.

Here's a snapshot of life for Jews in Indonesia.

About an hour’s drive from the city center on a low-traffic day, some of Indonesia’s small Jewish community gathers once a month to secretly pray on Shabbat... Although the Indonesian constitution guarantees religious freedom for all, the government only extends official recognition to Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. Yet despite the challenges surrounding their religious identity, Indonesia’s Jews are determined to continue practicing and preserving their faith.

I'm sure this is another one of those, "It's not anti-Semitism, it's anti-Zionism" things.

Inside a nondescript building in this Jakarta suburb — which the Jewish community requested not be named for fear of reprisal — one room has been converted into a space for prayers... They hide their religious identity well, and it is only after entering the prayer room that religious symbols and signs become visible. A wooden partition with the Star of David cleverly incorporated into its carved wood design conceals a flight of stairs leading to the shul.

If only the ADL, the AJC, and the other lefty groups were as concerned about the treatment of Jews in Indonesia as they are over "Islamophobia".



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