I have a rather odd question. My brother told me that he had a friend who went to malaysia but was refused entry because his passport said that he had been to israel. Of course my brother makes up a lot of stories and/or bends the truth a lot. But I am thinking of having a stopover in malaysia on my way to australia and i am worried about this as i will be going to israel before australia.
I have tried to find this information online, but the only thing that i can find is that they refuse entry to citizens of israel. Does anyone know if they would refuse entry to someone who has only visited israel? I am also jewish (not religious at all) but they would have no way of knowing that.
Or should I just plan a stopover in some other place in asia (I have many options) to avoid the hassle?
Best thing for you to do is to check with the Malaysian High Commission in Canada. I remember hearing about complications of this sort before. The High Commission will be in the best position to advise you.
Generally, only citizens of Israel are barred from entering Malaysia. But to be sure, I called the Immigration Department Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to check on this matter. I was told by an officer in the Visa, Pass and Permit Division (+60-3-20924911) that it is fine to enter Malaysia as long as you visited Israel on a Social Visit Pass. Well the case would be different if they know you as a highly intelligent 19-year-old agent recruited by Israel to spy on Malaysia.
And don't worry about being a Jewish. There are Jewish in Malaysia too, although they are mainly foreigners.
You can enter no problem to Malaysia with an Israeli Visa in your passport. You may wish to have the Israeli Authorities stamp a white piece of paper that they insert into your passport. That way you will have no evidence in your passport of having visited Israel and it negates the problem of Non Israel friendly countries stopping you.