Islands of Hatred - Meet the Middle East Terrorits (30/10/2000) #546
'Sabah-al-kheir. Ana min Bulanda (Good morning, I come from Poland), can we
talk?', I addressed him in Arabic, pretending to know the language. After he sat
down, I said I would prefer to talk in Indonesian. He summoned an interpreter.
Consequently, I switched to English. I knew already that he was not Indonesian,
but an arrival from another part of Asia or the Middle East.
Indonesia Gov't must stop Killings in the Moluccas (30/10/2000) #545
Many people who witness the violent attacks confirmed that, although the
Indonesian Army was present during the attacks, either nothing was done to
protect the villagers or some of the soldiers actually joined the aggressors in
shooting at the escaping villagers. Unfortunately, even people such as the current
leader of the People's Consultative Assembly, Dr. Amien Rais, openly supported
calls for Jihad or an Islamic holy war against the Christians and other religious
believers in Indonesia.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 85 (30/10/2000) #544
MINISTERS TO VISIT AMBON - Tomorrow, October 31, 13 Ministers of State from
Jakarta are scheduled to come to Ambon to observe the situation and condition in
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 84 (27/10/2000) #540
CONTINUATION OF THE CONFLICT ON THE ISLAND OF SAPARUA - In the early
morning of October 26, the christian villages of Ulath and Ouw on the island of
Saparua again became the target of an assault from the side of nearby Sirisori
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 83 (26/10/2000) #539
TWELVE JIHAD FIGHTERS ARRESTED - On the holy day of Isra Mi'raj Nabi
Muhammad SAW, October 25, from 1.00 a.m. to 3.00 a.m. a nocturnal attack was
launched by muslim/jihad forces on targets at the western outskirts of the town of
Ambon, namely on Gunung Nona (which means Maiden Mountain), where the
TV-Station is located, Benteng Atas (Upper Benteng) and Airsalobar.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 82 (24/10/2000) #537
VISIT CONSUL GENERAL USA - Yesterday USA Consul General Robert Pollard
came to Ambon to have meetings with the governor and several other officials,
including separate meetings with leaders of the muslim and christian communities,
the latter of which are to be held today. It is his second vist to Ambon. The
dialogue is likely to focus on humanitarian aid and on facilitating reconciliation
An Appeal to the International Community in Relation to the Human Tragedy
in the Moluccas (23/10/2000) #535
Up to now the Jihad forces are still attacking and destroying the Moluccan
community. It is the same as with the pro integration militia in Timor-timur, there is
no party within the country who is able to stop or expel these forces from the
Moluccas. The Government along with the security forces are no longer acting as
protector and upholder of Human Rights in the Moluccas. The political and military
network behind the conflict in the Moluccas has proved to be difficult for the
government to dismantle and to overcome.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 81 (23/10/2000) #534
CONFLICT ON THE ISLAND OF SAPARUA FLARES UP AGAIN - At 8.00 a.m. on
Sunday, October 22, as the christians of the village of Ulath (island of Saparua)
were preparing to go to church, their village was attacked again by masses that
came from Sirisori Islam. The assailants were beaten off by the villagers and local
GUNS, PAMPHLETS AND HANDIE-TALKIES (1 2 3 4 5): How the military
exploited local ethno-religious tensions in Maluku to preserve their political
and economic privileges - G. J. Aditjondro (21/10/2000) #533
Revised paper for the Proceedings of the Conference on "Conflicts and Violence in
Indonesia," organised by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Department of
African and Asian Studies, Humboldt-University in Berlin, July 3-5, 2000.
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Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 80 (20/10/2000) #532
RECENT CONFLICT ON CERAM - (see yesterday's Report no. 3). The attack on
the village of Waitasi, not far from Kairatu, South Ceram, on October 17, was
launched at about 11.00 a.m. and could be stopped by local security forces at
about 5.00 p.m. The attack was carried out both by civilians of the village itself
and by masses that had come from the villages of Kelapa Dua and Latuhualoi.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 79 (19/10/2000) #531
AGAIN CONFLICT ON CERAM - Waitasi is a christian settlement in the mountains,
not far from Kairatu on the south coast of the island of Ceram. Siwalima newspaper
reports that in the afternoon of Tuesday, October 17, Waitasi was attacked by
masses that are thought to have come from the islam settlements of Kelapa Dua
and Pakarena. Any number of casualties or number of houses burnt is still unknown
due to lack of proper communication facilities with the site.
Crisis Centre Docese of Amboina - Report no. 78 (17/10/2000) #527
The Moluccans were not facing each other, but they together should face
conspiration of certain elite persons on national level to destroy the Moluccas. The
laskar jihad should be left alone: they are not our business, but the central
government's business. But they should not participate in this dialogue. Also the
muslims' condition that the christians should apologize to the muslims first, should
be dropped. If there were to put a precondition to this dialogue, it should be an
apology by local and national leaders of government, military and police for what
they have done or permitted to be done to the Moluccans.
Crisis Centre Docese of Amboina - Report no. 77 (16/10/2000) #526
SECURITY FORCES UNDER THREAT - On Saturday morning, October 14, army
batallion Yonif 141 was attacked at their location in the neighbourhoods of Rinjani
and Kebun Cengkeh (outskirts of Ambon town), resulting in tenseness in Galala,
Hative Kecil, Halong and Karang Panjang. The attackers (muslims) are supposed to
try and oust these military who had previously driven muslim forces back during the
attack on Galala on October 12, when at least 5 of the attackers had been killed
and 27 wounded.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 76 (14/10/2000) #521
The delegation of the European Union, which arrived at Ambon on October 12 (see
yesterday's report no.2), yesterday had meetings with the military chief
commander, I Made Yasa, and his staff, with police chier commander, Firman Gani
and his staff, with the MUI = muslim leaders at the Al-Fatah Mosque compound,
with the Diocese of Amboina and with the leaders of the Moluccas Protestant
Church (GPM - Gereja Protestan Maluku). There was no meeting with laskar jihad
on the programme.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 75 (13/10/2000) #520
After their failure to occupy Suli, muslim and jihad forces shifted their attention to
some villages east of the town of Ambon: Galala, Hative Kecil (Gatik) and Halong
Atas ("Atas" = Upper). The attacked was launched at about 6.30 a.m., starting
from Tantui and Galunggung (Ambon town), after encircling their target and coming
down from the hills to the north.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina Report no. 74 (12/10/2000) #517
This morning the christian villages of Galala and Halong, near Ambon town, were
assaulted, both from the islam stronghold of Poka at the opposite shore of the
bay, and from the muslim neighbourhoods of Galunggung and Air Besar. No details
are available yet, except that security forces succeeded in deflecting the
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 73 (11/10/2000) #515
Already having been attacked on September 25 and September 28, yesterday
starting at 6.00 a.m., the christian village of Suli was attacked the third time. One
christian civilian (Wim Matakena) and one Brimob policeman (Albert Makaliu) were
killed; three people were wounded. The assailants, muslim and jihad warriors,
launched a totally unexpected attack, causing the Suli residents fleeing in panic.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 72 (10/10/2000) #511
the attack on Sirisori Amalatu (christian) during these last few days was carried
out with mortars and organic weaponry, outdoing the weapons of the security
forces. 171 houses and the protestant church were destroyed.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 71 (09/10/2000) #506
Among the christians there are rumours that there are undeniable indications that
attacks are to be carried out by Laksar Jihad troops on the neighbourhoods of
Benteng, Kudamati and Batugantung tomorrow or at least within a few days.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 70 (05/10/2000) #504
The reporting by the Responsible of the CES to the government in Jakarta is not
always according to the facts, so that the Central CES in Jakarta often takes
inappropriate measures, causing escalation of the conflict and adding to the
suffering of the Moluccans. This is a statement by the TAPAK (Team Advokasi
Penyelesaian Kasus Ambon = Advocation Team to end the Conflict in Ambon.
Notes on the Jihad forces in Maluku (04/10/2000) #501
The jihad forces must also have widespread support from police commanders in
West Java, Jakarta, and Ambon, since they could freely carry out their military
training near Bogor, brandish their swords publicly when they demonstrated at the
parliament. And, in Ambon, enable their containers full of weapons to be
disembarked at the harbour, which lies in Muslim-controlled Waihoang, instead of in
the Navy harbour of Halong or to be moved immediately to the Pattimura army
headquarters in Ambon.
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina - Report no. 69 (02/10/2000) #499
A sum-up of the loss of physical facilities of the Catholic Church in the Moluccas
and North Moluccas due to the unrest, since the conflict started in January 1999:
58 church buildings burned or destroyed, 39 schools, 1 orphanage, 4 Sisters'
convents and 3 hospitals burned/destroyed, 1 pilgrimage centre destroyed. Since
the catholics account for only 5% of the population of the Moluccas, whereas the
protestant christians number about 45%, the loss of physical facilities among the
protestants must be enormous.
Archives of News and Articles from September 2000
The Systematic Murder of Moluccan Christians (29/09/2000) #497
The fact of the matter is, the military pretend to be the protector of the people,
but in reality they are still actively aiding the Moslems in destroying the Christians
population in the Moluccan islands. It is obvious that the military and the Moslem
jihad have a “symbiotic” relationship. The military like to preserve their dual
function in the Indonesian society, while on the other hand the fundamentalist
Moslem would see that Indonesia become an Islamic state. It's inaccurate to say
that what happen in the islands is a result of a sectarian war between Moslems
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