Malaysia’s Response On Israeli-Flagged Ships


Malaysia has banned all Israeli-flagged cargo ships from docking at its ports in what it said was a response to the war in Gaza, accusing Israel of violating international law through the “massacre and brutality against Palestinians”, says an article published on al jazeera website.

Ban Announcement

In a significant move, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has declared a ban on all Israeli-flagged cargo ships from docking at the nation’s ports. This action is a direct response to the ongoing war in Gaza, with Malaysia accusing Israel of violating international law and engaging in a “massacre and brutality against Palestinians.”

Specific Target Of The Ban, ZIM Shipping Firm

The maritime ban specifically targets Israel-affiliated vessels, with a particular focus on ZIM, Israel’s largest shipping company. This decision comes amid increasing concerns about the disruptions to global shipping, particularly due to attacks on cargo ships in the Red Sea.

Extent Of The Ban, Comprehensive Restrictions

The ban extends beyond just docking privileges. Ships destined for Israel are now barred from loading cargo at any Malaysian port, a policy that takes effect immediately.

Malaysia’s Diplomatic Stance And Humanitarian Efforts

Reflecting its majority-Muslim population, Malaysia does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel and actively advocates for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The Malaysian government has also been a significant donor of aid to Gaza and has consistently supported the Palestinian cause.

Death Toll And Conflict Details

The conflict has resulted in a tragic loss of life, with at least 19,667 Palestinians killed since the war began in October. On the other side, the death toll from Hamas’s attack on Israel, which triggered the current conflict, stands at nearly 1,140.

Impact On Global Shipping And Security Measures

The ban coincides with major disruptions in shipping routes, especially in the Red Sea, a critical East-West trade route affected by attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Approximately 12 percent of world shipping traffic passes through the Suez Canal, linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

The instability has led to container ships either disabling their tracking systems or anchoring while companies attempt to reroute and adjust their operations. In response to these disruptions, the United States has announced the formation of a multinational force to protect trade in the Red Sea.

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Source: al jazeera