Maldives Wants to Ban “Jews” Not Just Israelis – Out Loud & In The Open

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Two weeks ago, the Maldives government banned Israelis from traveling to their country. Now, they are saying the quiet part out loud: “We don't want the Jews.”


Two weeks ago, the Maldives government banned Israelis from traveling to their country. Siding with Hamas terrorists, the President’s office then announced that it would ban Israelis from entering the country.

Now, they are saying the quiet part out loud: “We don’t want the Jews.”

The original ban would prohibit Israel’s 2+ Million Arab citizens from entering, but after an uproar among the Arab Population, they are rethinking their decision and focusing the ban on the Jews.

Recently, the Attorney General said that they would try to exempt the Arab-Israeli population from the ban to enter the country. Leaving just the Jews to be banned from the country.

The Maldives, situated in the Indian Ocean, about 470 Miles southwest of India, is a tourist and vacation hotspot—and an expensive one. Luxury 5-star hotels and resorts (with private suites on the ocean) cost hundreds, if not thousands, per night.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Oren Marmorstein, quickly responded that they recommend Israelis avoid travel to the Maldives, including dual citizens with foreign passports—even those with other passports, including U.S., Australian and U.K. citizens—and those currently there should consider leaving immediately due to safety concerns.

Nearly 11,000 Israelis visited the luxury tourist hotspot last year, accounting for 0.6 percent of the Maldives’ total tourist arrivals. The tourist market also attracts thousands of Yidden from the U.S., Europe, and Australia, who will undoubtedly never step foot in that country ever again for this.

Simply, this will undoubtedly hurt their local economy—all because of their misplaced ambition. The backtracking among political leaders shows that the country fears losing its edge among tourists.

Since the announcement, Yidden Worldwide has called for a complete boycott of traveling to the Maldives.

Frum travelers said they would seek other “paradise” vacations, such as Bora Bora, St. Lucia, Jamaica in the Caribbean, Hawaii and similar locations with better Glatt Kosher food options.

Dan of the popular frum deals and travel blog DansDeals and avid traveler—who previously visited the Maldives twice—said that he “just canceled an upcoming trip to the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives that he had planned for his 40th birthday later this year.”

Many readers suggested that if one is going on a luxury vacation, especially during such a trying and difficult time for Yidden, one should spend their gelt by going to and supporting the economy of Eretz Yisroel. This can include luxurious vacation spots such as resorts at Yam Hamelech, Eilat and Tel Aviv.

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