Malaysia Insists on Position in Preventing Entry of Israeli Athletes

Published January 29th, 2019 - 11:34 GMT
Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman (Photo @teamsaddiq)
Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman (Photo @teamsaddiq)

Malaysian authorities have insisted on their position to prevent the entry of Zionist athletes to its territory, despite being stripped of the right to host the World Swimming Championships 2019, scheduled for July.

"We will not tolerate that, and Malaysia is determined to make the decision based on humanitarian factors and a sign of its sympathy for the Palestinian plight," Malaysian Sports Minister Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman said in a statement on Monday.

He stressed that standing against the government of the Zionist entity more important than hosting an international sporting event.

"If hosting an international sporting event is more important than defending our Palestinian brothers who are being killed, maimed and tortured by the Netanyahu regime, that means that Malaysia has really lost the moral compass," he added.

"Malaysia's conduct is consistent with reports from international human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch accusing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of committing war crimes against the Palestinians," he said.

The International Paralympic Committee announced on Sunday that Malaysia would be stripped of the right to host the international tournament to be held in Sarawak, eastern Malaysia, from July 29 to August 4 because Malaysia refused to grant Israeli athletes a visa to participate in the tournament.

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