Amidst escalating tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, members of the Maldivian Parliament are debating a resolution to ban the import of Israeli goods and the entry of Israeli tourists into Maldives. The motion is seen as a response to the perceived aggression by Israel against Palestinians.
The resolution, put forward by Villingili MP Saud Hussain on Wednesday, has elicited strong support from several Parliament members, many of whom advocate for a comprehensive ban on all dealings with Israel. The move is seen by some MPs as a measure to express solidarity with the Palestinian.
Kulhudhuhfushi North MP Yasir Abdul Lateef emphasized the importance of condemning Israel's actions. He distinguished between the two primary proposed bans, stating, "Banning Israeli passports is one thing. Stopping Israeli imports is another." Lateef further suggested the need for concrete legislation to effectively enact these bans.
Echoing similar sentiments, Makunudhoo MP Mohammed Rai proposed the Maldives take proactive measures. "The Maldives should take a step to ban Israelis as tourists before the Israeli government bans them," Rai commented. This reflects concerns circulating on Maldivian social media platforms, where numerous citizens have been vocal about their desire to see Israeli tourists and goods banned.
The parliamentary debate comes in the wake of reported aggressive actions in Palestine. According to media sources and humanitarian agencies on the ground, recent conflicts have resulted in the tragic death of over 7,000 civilians, including more than 3,000 children, and a majority of the remaining are women.