One of Indonesia's clerics on Sunday urged Muslims from the world's fourth most populous Muslim country to fight against Israel whose soldiers are still in the Gaza Strip following the 22-day assault which have killed more than 1,200 Palestinians.
Abu Bakar Bashir preached to about 500 people at a mosque in Bekasi, east of Jakarta, urging them to join a jihad in the Gaza Strip.
"The war in Palestine isn't a war between one country and another, it is a religious war. The Jews try to destroy Islam, and so Muslims must join, to fight in their own capacity," he said.
"Their suffering is our suffering, their blood is our blood, their trouble is our trouble. Thus, we must defend and protect them."
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has urged Israel to put an end to the three weeks of violence, and has sent humanitarian aid for the victims in Palestine.
Indonesia with 226 million people are Muslim, and the attacks on Gaza have prompted several big rallies protesting against Israel.
"We have sent material aid and, of course, our prayers. Jihad is not yet possible because the access remains closed. Nonetheless, we are preparing ourselves as it is our obligation," Bashir said.
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