Israelis are prohibited by an Asian state

In support of Palestine, the Maldives has placed Israeli nationals on a blacklist.

Israelis are prohibited by an Asian state

Due to the conflict in Gaza, the Maldives declared on Sunday that bearers of Israeli passports would not be permitted to enter the small island nation with a majority of Muslims. Travelers from the Jewish states make this country one of their vacation spots.

The president's office posted a statement on its website stating, "President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has resolved to impose a ban on Israeli passports, following a recommendation from the Cabinet."  "The Cabinet decision includes creating a Cabinet subcommittee to oversee these efforts and amending necessary laws to prevent Israeli passport holders from entering the Maldives."

The president has chosen to "appoint a special envoy to assess Palestinian needs," initiate a fundraising campaign, and conduct a national rally in favor of Palestine, according to Muizzu's office.

Israelis love visiting the Indian Ocean archipelago, which is well-known for its white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and opulent resorts. Last year, about 11,000 Israeli tourists—or 0.6% of all visitors—visited the islands. But the figure fell by more than 80% this year.

Israel's Foreign Ministry released a warning after the revelation, asking Israeli nationals to leave the Maldives immediately and advise against visiting.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that "it is recommended for Israeli citizens already in the country to consider leaving, because if they find themselves in distress for any reason, it will be difficult for us to assist."

The diplomatic relations between Israel and the Maldives have been suspended since 1974.  Israeli tourists were allowed to visit the archipelago after the Maldives lifted the previous travel ban in the 1990s. The two countries moved to restore the diplomatic ties in 2010, but the normalization effort was abandoned two years later,  following the toppling of President Mohamed Nasheed.

Several nations with a majority of Muslims, such as Algeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, have prohibited Israeli tourists since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began on October 7. A unexpected Hamas raid into southern Israeli cities set off Israel's operation in Gaza, which has resulted in the deaths of over 36,000 Palestinians.