Indonesia Pulls Out of Fed Cup Tennis in Israel to Protest Gaza Strip Violence

Indonesia had earlier asked venue be changed to another country, because Jakarta has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia pulled out of a planned Fed Cup tennis match in Israel to protest against Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip, an Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

"We are witnessing a military invasion by Israel and the arrest of scores of Palestinian officials," spokesman Desra Percaya said. "It is now impossible to play there," he said.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, earlier asked that the venue be changed to another country, because Jakarta has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

But in May, the government said it would allow the team to travel to Israel to contest the playoff, scheduled for July 14-15.