Emergency motion filed to ban Israeli tourists arrival until attacks on Palestine ends

Naifaru constituency MP Ahmed Shiyam | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives — An Emergency motion has been filed to the parliament calling out to ban the arrival of Israel tourists into the Maldives until the attacks on Palestine from Israel comes to an end.

At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza Strip, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed in rocket attacks launched from Gaza, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.

On the first meeting of the second term of the Parliament held today, two members, MP for Naifaru Constituency, Ahmed Shiyam and MP for Eydhafushi Constituency, Ahmed Saleem filed an emergency motion to ban the arrival of Israel tourists until they stop the attacks on Palestinian civilians.

MP shiyam presented his Emergency motion and stated that it is not enough for the government to just release formal statements against Israel, but the government must do something against the Israeli actions.

MP Shiyam suggested to ban the arrival of Israel tourists until Israel stops the un justifying attacks on Israel and to also ban the creations of Israel in Maldives like it was decided in 2014.

While the debate for the Emergency Motion by MP Shiyam is ongoing, all the parliament members who spoke in the debate has condemned the acts of Israel and has assured that Maldives will always remain with Palestine.

According to Israeli army spokesperson Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, a total of 55 rockets were fired overnight that saw 160 planes from 12 different squadrons, as well as three brigade forces of infantry troops claiming that it was a bid to destroy a network of militant tunnels inside the territory.

The attacks on Palestine by Israel also mark a significant escalation in years, which has seen Israel bombard Gaza leaving the Palestinians living along Gaza’s northern and eastern borders to be forced to flee to temporary shelters amid Israel’s bombardment. 

Violence flared up on May 8 at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the east of the city. The site houses a mosque considered the third holiest in Islam, but it is also where the most holy site in Judaism, The Temple Mount, is located.

Within days of Palestinians having to face heavy bombardments from Israel, over 150 people and more than 40 children have been killed with more than 950 civilians injured. Hamas, which controls Gaza has been defending itself by attacking Israel with little difference. 

Just recently Israel had bombed the Gaza tower housing Al Jazeera, AP and international media offices which was met with horror and disbelief by audiences. 

Al Jazeera condemned the the bombing and destruction of its offices by the Israeli military in Gaza in the strongest terms. The news agency said that it views this as a clear act to stop journalists from conducting their sacred duty to inform the world and report events on the ground. Al Jazeera promised to pursue every available route to hold the Israeli government responsible for its actions.