Indonesian President Joko Widodo. (AP/Tatan Syuflana)

Rather than addressing the growing problems facing the Muslim world, the Muslims again are choosing to focus on Israel, ostensibly the source of all their troubles.   

Indonesia‘s president on Monday urged a summit of Muslim nations to unite against Israel and to be part of the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he termed it, rather than part of the problem.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who heads the most populous Muslim nation, said the entire world is concerned by the deterioration of the situation in “Palestine” and criticized what he called Israel’s “unilateral and illegal policies.”

Officials from 57 countries are meeting in the Indonesian capital Jakarta for a special summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that is focused on the non-existing state of Palestine and Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

The Middle East quartet and permanent members of the UN Security Council are also represented.

“The OIC should be part of the solution, and not part of the problem,” Jokowi said in opening remarks to the summit. “If the OIC cannot be part of the solution to Palestine, then the OIC becomes irrelevant.”

Among the leaders at the Jakarta meeting is Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court ICC) on war crimes allegations linked to the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, as well as other Muslim leaders whose countries’ human rights track record is abysmal.

The OIC has neglected to address the internal problems afflicting the Muslim world, such as the advent of global Islamic terror, of which Indonesia has recently become the victim of.

In January, Islamic terrorists set off suicide bombs and exchanged gunfire outside a Starbucks cafe in Indonesia’s capital in an assault that police said “imitated” the Paris attacks and was linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.

By: AP and United with Israel Staff