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Indonesia cancels visas issued to Israelis following Gaza fence events

Tuesday 22/May/2018 - 09:03 PM
Sada El Balad
Edit by: Mohamed Emad

Indonesia has canceled visas issued to Israeli citizens and decided to ban Israelis from entering the country in response to the recent Gaza fence events، Emanuel Nahshon، a spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs، said in reply to a request for comment by Calcalist Monday. Mr. Nashon further said the Israeli ministry is currently trying to reverse Indonesia’s decision، according to Calcalist News.

Israel has no formal diplomatic relations with Indonesia، but the two countries maintain economic ties، and Israelis can visit the country using temporary tourist visas for groups، and individual business visas.

The mass demonstrations at the Israel-Gaza border، during which tens of thousands of Palestinians march under a campaign calling for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their lands in Israel، have been ongoing since the end of March.

Israel’s response to the protests drew wide-ranging condemnations. Turkey، with which Israeli relations have been deteriorating for some time، temporarily expelled the Israeli ambassador، subjecting him to strict security procedures at Istanbul airport and inviting Turkish press to film the screening.

On Friday، the UN Human Rights Council voted 29-2، with 14 countries abstaining، to investigate Israel for its actions against the protests.

The ban decided upon by the Indonesian government already went into effect last week، alongside strong condemnations for Israel's actions in Gaza، labeling the events as “atrocities.”


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