On August 27, several media outlets in the Maldives raised nearly $2 million to help Palestinians in Gaza recover from Israel’s 50-day terror campaign against the besieged strip,
Maldives, a high-end holiday destination in the Indian Ocean, has expressed solidarity with Gaza, whose economy is expected to take years to recover from Israeli shelling and airstrikes.
Male has imposed a ban on Israeli-made goods and last month revoked three cooperation agreements on health, tourism and education.
Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon presented a check for 29.4 million rufiyaa ($1.91 million) to the Qatar Red Crescent President Dr Mohamed Bin Ghanim Al Madida for food and water and to help victims recover from the widespread destruction caused in the latest US-backed Israeli assault.
The money was raised through a 36-hour telethon as well as through other public contributions from state as well as privately-owned companies.
The seven-week aggression claimed the lives of 2,143 Palestinians, more than 80 percent of them civilians including 546 children, according to the United Nations, and 65 soldiers and six civilians on the Israeli side.
There has also been hostility among residents of the Maldives, which has a population of around 330,000 people, to Israeli tourists.
Last month, Israeli holidaymakers were evacuated from their Maldivian resort after one tore up an anti-Israeli placard equating the Nazi swastika to the Israeli flag.
Some 30 Israeli surfers were moved out from Thulusdhoo island, near the capital island Male, as residents of the archipelago protested the pulling down of the anti-Israel placards.
“We have not banned them, but Israeli tourist must remember that they are visiting a 100 percent Muslim country,” President’s office spokesperson Muhammad Shareef said. “We unequivocally and unconditionally support the Palestinian cause.”
The Maldives, known for pristine beaches and secluded coral islands popular with honeymooners, attracted over a million tourists last year of which less than one percent were Israeli.
Until February 2012, the Indian Ocean island Muslim state of Maldives was a staunch allie of the Zionist entity. In 2011, British MP George Galloway urged Maldivians to rise up against their government’s love affair with the Zionist regime which has been murdering their fellow Muslims in Gaza and the West Bank for decades. Watch Galloway’s speech video below.
Incidentally, George Galloway was hospitalized on August 29, after he was attacked by a pro-Israel British thug.