Maldives bans Israeli passport holders over war on Gaza

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The Maldives government will ban Israelis from the Indian Ocean archipelago known for white sand beaches and luxury resorts as public anger in the predominantly Muslim nation rises over the war in Gaza.

President Mohamed Muizzu has “resolved to impose a ban on Israeli passports”, a spokesman for his office said in a statement, without giving details of when the new law would take effect.

Muizzu also announced a national fundraising campaign called “Maldivians in Solidarity with Palestine”. Nearly 11,000 Israelis visited the Maldives last year, which was 0.6 percent of total tourist arrivals.

Official data also shows the number of Israelis visiting the Maldives dropped to 528 in the first four months of this year, down 88 percent compared to the corresponding period last year.

The Maldives lifted a previous ban on Israeli tourists in the early 1990s and moved to restore relations in 2010. However, normalisation attempts were scuttled following the toppling of President Mohamed Nasheed in February 2012.

In response to the ban, an Israel foreign ministry spokesman urged citizens currently in the Maldives to depart. “For Israeli citizens staying in the country, it is recommended to consider leaving, since if they fall into distress for any reason, it will be difficult for us to help.”

Israeli passport holders have also not been allowed to enter Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen.

In a post on X in March, the State of Israel said: “We’re good,” in response to a post about these countries’ entry bans, which had been in place prior to the onset of the ongoing war in Gaza.



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Probably the only country, after Pakistan and Iran, to do so. I appreciate this action of the Maldives, and this is the result of an anti-Indian government in the centre now.
 
Welcome to Lakshadweep. Lot more serene and less chaotic than Maldives.

India should do everything to promote tourism in Lakshadweep. Locals will benefit from it.
 
Kudos to Maldives government for taking action against the apartheid regime. A good gesture by them
 
Welcome to Lakshadweep. Lot more serene and less chaotic than Maldives.

India should do everything to promote tourism in Lakshadweep. Locals will benefit from it.
Maldives loss will be Lakshadweep's gain.

I hope Maldives also bans US, UK and French citizens. They all support Israel. Do it Muizzo do it.
 
Maldives loss will be Lakshadweep's gain.

I hope Maldives also bans US, UK and French citizens. They all support Israel. Do it Muizzo do it.

Looks nice but it’s not the Maldives & it’s India .

Israeli tourism isn’t going to turn India from 3rd world to 1st lol
 
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