Malaysia bans Israeli-owned ships

The Malaysian government will be restricting and prohibiting Israeli-based shipping company, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd from docking at any Malaysian ports, according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He said on December 20th that a “permanent” ban had been imposed on the company with immediate effect. In addition, any vessels that state they are en route to Israel will be banned from loading cargo at Malaysian ports.

“These restrictions are a response to Israel’s actions that ignore basic humanitarian principles and violate international law through continuous massacres and atrocities against the Palestinians,” said Anwar.

Anwar seemed confident that this unilateral action would not impact Malaysian trade.

“For the record, the Cabinet began permitting ships owned by this company to dock in Malaysia in 2002. In 2005, the Cabinet at that time granted permission for those ships to land in Malaysia. However, the current government has decided to revoke all previous Cabinet decisions,” Anwar said.

Malaysia is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause and it does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.