On Wednesday, the Malaysian government said that any ship flying an Israeli flag or owned by Israel would not be allowed to stop at any of its ports.
According to a statement from Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s office, the ban was a response to what Israel did during its fight with Hamas and would start right away.
The statement said, “This sanction is a response to Israel’s actions that ignore basic humanitarian principles and break international law by continuing to kill and hurt the Palestinian people in horrible ways.”
Malaysia, which is mostly Muslim, has always stood up for the rights and issues of Palestinians. Like nearby Indonesia, Brunei, Bangladesh, the Maldives, and Pakistan, it doesn’t recognize Israel.