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Thousands Hold Anti-Israel Protests in Indonesia

Indonesian Muslim protesters display big banner saying Save Al Aqsa Mosque during anti-Israel protest in Jakarta
Thousands of Muslims across Indonesia staged peaceful anti-Israel protests Sunday, including a major demonstration at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.

As many as 10,000 protesters from the Prosperous Justice Party shouted anti-American slogans outside the heavily guarded embassy in the Indonesian capital.

Speakers lashed out at Israel and demanded Washington stop financial and political support for the Jewish state. Traffic in the center of the city was disrupted for several hours.

Party members held smaller protests in at least three other cities across the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Indonesia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, and there are periodic street protests in the country against the Jewish state and against the U.S. war on terrorism.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.