UPDATED 7:10 AM PT — Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Malaysian government recently announced it will no longer host any future events that include Israel.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the government is taking a “tough stance on the issue of Israel” and is going to “fight on behalf of the oppressed.”
The decision comes a week after the country’s prime minister banned Israeli swimmers from participating in a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
“For any international programs that Malaysia has committed to host, and if those events have an Israeli delegation, be it sports or any other events, our cabinet has decided that Israeli delegates will not be allowed in Malaysia,” announced Foreign Minister Abdullah.
Malaysia is a known supporter of Palestine, and even prevents Israeli passport holders from entering the country.