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Israel reverses ban on Indonesia tourists

Indonesian Muslims stage a protest outside the US ambassador's office in Indonesia against US President Donald Trump's announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jakarta on December, 8, 2017 [Dasril Roszandi / Anadolu Agency]
Indonesian Muslims stage a protest outside the US ambassador's office in Indonesia against US President Donald Trump's announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jakarta on December, 8, 2017 [Dasril Roszandi / Anadolu Agency]

Israel today reversed a ban on Indonesian passport holders, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

In a statement, the ministry said the move followed contacts between Israeli authorities and “international channels”.

According to the statement, restrictions on visits by Israeli nationals to Indonesia have also been lifted.

On 9 June, Israel barred Indonesian passport holders from entering the country, in response to an Indonesian decision to deny visas to Israeli nationals in protest of Israel’s use of deadly force against Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip which led to the death of more than 135 unarmed demonstrators and injured more than 13,000 more.

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