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  • Judge fines petitioners for challenging Israel's arms sales to Philippines

    A judge imposes a fine on petitioners who brought suit against the government in an attempt to end its arms exports to the Philippines, sending a clear message to those protesting Israel’s complicity with some of the world’s most repressive regimes. Judge Gilia Ravid of the Tel Aviv District Court issued a ruling Thursday on the petition filed by human rights attorney Eitay Mack on behalf of more than 50 human rights activists, who demanded that Israel cease its arms exports to the Philippines. As is customary with petitions of this kind, the hearing was held in camera and the ruling itself was embargoed. However, in an…

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  • Israel is trying to hide its arms sales to Duterte's Philippines

    Israel continues to sell arms to the world’s most oppressive regimes, but the courts won’t let the media cover the story. By Itamar Baz An Israeli court imposed a media blackout on hearings held in September regarding a state sale of weapons to the Philippine regime. The petitioners to halt the sale argued that Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president, was credibly accused of having committed mass atrocities, as well as grave violations of human rights and of international law. [tmwinpost] While a significant portion of the evidence supporting the petition against the sale was already in the public domain, Judge Gilia Ravid of the…

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  • PODCAST: Exposing Israel's arms sales to oppressive regimes

    Attorney Eitay Mack is one of the only people in Israel challenging the secrecy of Israel’s military exports to despotic regimes around the world. Listen here: iTunes/Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify   Israeli human rights lawyer Eitay Mack is working to uncover both Israel’s historic ties to brutal military regimes, such as Pinochet’s Chile, as well as its current arms exports to countries carrying out gross violations of human rights, like South Sudan and Myanmar. Israel's ticket to becoming an arms exporter — with deals dating as far back as the 1950s, when the global arms industry was already saturated — is Israel’s “no…

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  • Is Israel trying to hide arms exports to neo-Nazi militias in Ukraine?

    Human rights activists are hoping to use the courts to expose Israeli arms exports and security know-how to neo-Nazi militias fighting in Ukraine. By Shuki Taussig Is Israel knowingly selling weapons to neo-Nazi militias in Ukraine? A group of Israeli human rights activists filed a petition to the Tel Aviv District Court last June to demand the government halt weapons exports to the country, where armed groups have been engaged in fighting for the past five years. [tmwinpost] In response, the state has asked that the court slap a gag order on legal proceedings surrounding the alleged sale of weapons and military knowledge to…

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  • Meet the Israelis trying to stop arms sales to dictatorships

    For decades, Israel has been selling arms and providing military training to some of the world's most brutal regimes, from Rwanda to Burma to Pinochet's Chile. Now a group of Israelis are coming together to try and force the government to stop those arms deals, and come clean about its past and present ties to murderous dictatorships.

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  • 'A danger to humanity': Activists block Hungarian PM's convoy at Yad Vashem

    Dozens of demonstrators, including Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors, block Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's convoy outside Israeli Holocaust museum. 'He is a danger to humanity.' By Oren Ziv Dozens of demonstrators blocked Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's motorcade as he left Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum, in Jerusalem Thursday, as part of his official visit to the country. The demonstrators were protesting Orbán's anti-Semitism, as well as his iron-fisted policies toward asylum seekers in his country. [tmwinpost] The demonstrators held signs in both Hebrew and Hungarian and yelled the word "shame" while blocking the convoy as it tried to leave the museum. Within minutes the crowd…

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  • ‘Investigate Israeli complicity with Pinochet's crimes’

    Family members of a Chilean man disappeared and murdered by the Latin American dictator want Israel to open a criminal investigation into officials who cooperated with the murderous regime. By John Brown* (translated by Tal Haran) Two Israeli women who immigrated from Chile are taking Israel’s attorney general to court, demanding that he open a criminal investigation into Israeli officials who were involved in arms deals with the regime of Augosto Pinochet, for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. Lily Traubman and her daughter Tamara Santos Traubman moved to Israel in the 1970s after being persecuted by the Pinochet regime,…

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  • What will happen to Eritrean asylum seekers after Israel deports them?

    The Israeli government must not withhold information from the public about the dangers faced by Eritrean asylum seekers it is planning to deport. By Sigal Avivi Emanuel, an Eritrean asylum seeker whom Israel deported to Uganda half a year ago, agreed to take the risk of being interviewed on camera for one reason: he wanted the Israeli Supreme Court justices to look into his eyes as he told them what happens to asylum seekers who succumb to Israel's policy of pressuring them to “voluntarily” leave the country. [tmwinpost] Emanuel's desire to do this overcame his fears that should his filmed testimony fall into…

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