TIMELINE – International football federation, FIFA officially cancels Indonesia as host of the U-20 World Cup on Wednesday (29/3/2023) evening WIB. This decision was conveyed directly by FIFA through its official account after their meeting with PSSI chairman Erick Thohir.
“Following today’s (yesterday) meeting between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and President of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Erick Thohir, FIFA has decided, due to the current circumstances, to remove Indonesia from hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023,” wrote Fifa.
This decision came out, following the rejection of the participation of the Israeli national team to compete in the U-20 World Cup which took place in Indonesia.
As is known, several figures loudly voiced the rejection. Not even a few regional leaders whose territory will be used for the U-20 World Cup match also joined in rejecting the arrival of the Israeli national team.
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The plan is that there are six provinces that will serve as the venue for the continuation of the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, namely DKI Jakarta, South Sumatra, West Java, Central Java and finally Bali.
So, who would object to the participation of the Israeli national team which will take place in Indonesia? Here’s the list.
The party led by Megawati Soekarnoputri rejected the arrival of the Israeli national team. This rejection was conveyed directly by the Chairperson of the PDIP DPP for Religion and Belief in God, Hamka Haq, who said that the community’s rejection did not violate the constitution.
“Yes, the rejection of Israel was based on Bung Karno’s principles, that Bung Karno would not recognize the state of Israel before liberating Palestine. Until now, this principle has been upheld by our country, including by the wider community,” Hamka said at the PDIP Party School, Lenteng Agung, South Jakarta , Tuesday (21/2).
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Not only Hamka, Chairman of the West Java PDIP DPD Ono Surono also expressed his rejection. In fact, he urged West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil to write an official letter to the central government, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and PSSI regarding the refusal of the Israeli national team to compete in Indonesia.
2. Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo
Firmly and openly, the governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, rejected the arrival of the Israeli national team. The pretext that he conveyed was because it was a commitment to support for Palestinian independence according to the mandate of the First President of the Republic of Indonesia, Sukarno.
“We already know Bung Karno’s commitment to Palestine, whether voiced at the Asian-African Conference, the Non-Aligned Movement or the Conference of the New Emerging Forces. So yes, we will follow his message,” said Ganjar in Semarang, Thursday (23/3 ).
3. Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster
The Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster, who is also a PDIP cadre, refused the visit of the Israeli national team. Not only refused, he even sent a letter to the Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) regarding the rejection.
“We request that the Minister adopt a policy to prohibit teams from the state of Israel from competing in the Province of Bali. We, the Provincial Government of Bali, declare that we reject the participation of teams from the State of Israel to compete in the Province of Bali,” said the Koster letter.
4. Alumni Brotherhood 212
PA 212, FPI and religious community organizations continued to echo this refusal, even going so far as to stage a demonstration against the rejection on Monday (20/3) and threaten to intercept the arrival of the Israeli national team in Indonesia.
“Israel is colonizing. Indonesia agrees that colonialism in the world must be abolished!” shouted one of the orators.
5. Indonesian Ulema Council
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) said that all Islamic organizations in Indonesia firmly reject the presence of the Israeli national team in Indonesia. MUI chairman Sudarnoto Abdul Hakim claimed the rejection had been agreed upon in a meeting between MUI and Islamic organizations in Indonesia.
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