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Israeli arms exports

  • 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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  • Philippine police are executing people with Israeli weapons

    Israel continues to export arms and military training to Rodrigo Duterte's regime, even after the ICC launched a preliminary investigation to look into suspicions of crimes against humanity there. By Eitay Mack For much of the past two years, Israel has been exporting weapons and military training to the Philippine security forces. As part of President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war, police officers and masked militiamen have been raiding the country's poorest neighborhoods, where they execute men and young boys suspected of criminal activities or drug use. Their weapons of choice? Israeli-produced rifles such as the Tavor and the Negev, and handguns such as the Masada. [tmwinpost] Since…

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  • Despite int'l sanctions, Myanmar officials attend Tel Aviv weapons expo

    Israel continues to supply arms and training to the regime in Myanmar, despite its genocide against the Rohingya people. Representatives of Myanmar’s military attended Israel’s largest, government-supported security and weapons conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. The officials arrived at the Tel Aviv Expo Center for the International Defense, HLS & Cyber Expo, known as ISDEF, in full military gear. There they browsed through defense equipment and technologies produced by Israeli and international companies, alongside delegates of dozens more countries. Top Myanmar army officials traveled to Israel in September 2015 for a “shopping spree” with Israeli weapons manufacturers. They also met with President…

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  • U.S. Embassy celebrations: A who's who of the Israeli arms trade

    Only around 30 countries took part in the Israeli Foreign Ministry's gala celebrating the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem last week. Not coincidentally, Israel's ties with most of them are based on arms sales used to carry out gross human rights violations.  By Eitay Mack [Correction added below.] Immediately following the end of the 1967 War, the State of Israel began a massive diplomatic campaign aimed at convincing countries around the world to oppose resolutions in international forums demanding the Jewish state unilaterally withdraw from the occupied territories. Israel attempted to buy the votes of murderous dictatorships and military juntas in exchange for weapons and…

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  • Israel’s arms exports: A decade of war and new markets

    As Europe stops relying on Israel for arms exports, the Jewish state is looking for new markets, forging alliances with right-wing authoritarians who will likely use those weapons against their own citizens. By Ryan Wentz and Sahar Vardi Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez was supposed to light a torch during Israel’s 70th Independence Day ceremony next week. But on April 9th, citing fear of protests in Israel against his inclusion, Hernandez cancelled his appearance. Indeed, there is a history of anti-Hernandez protests in Honduras and abroad; massive protests erupted following reports of corruption in the balloting in the country's elections in December,…

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  • Forget Trump: Israel's sordid history of supporting dictatorships

    Netanyahu's silence in the face of the White House's anti-Semitism should surprise no one. From Argentina to Rwanda, Israel has a sordid history of providing weapons and support to murderous dictatorships. By Eitay Mack (translated by Ofer Neiman) The Netanyahu government was silent in January when the Trump Administration omitted any reference to Jewish victims from its official statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Netanyahu government was silent in July when Trump chose to be the first U.S. president since the fall of the Communist regime in Poland, to forgo a visit to the monument commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In…

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  • Calling Bibi's bluff: Why Israel depends on a liberal, open Europe

    Netanyahu can bash the EU all he wants. At the end of the day, the future and security of Israel depends on its political and economic ties with the EU, not vice versa. By Eitay Mack (translated from Hebrew by Ofer Neiman) Last Wednesday, the media leaked a recording of a private conversation between Netanyahu and the heads of state of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In that conversation, Israel's prime minister portrayed the European Union as a madman who puts its own future and security at risk. According to Netanyahu, the EU's madness stems from its refusal to keep silent…

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  • Tel Aviv's week of Pride and militarism

    Next week, as tourists descend on Tel Aviv for the yearly pride parade, a separate international contingent will touch down in the city for a high-profile arms fair. By Tanya Rubinstein The upcoming Tel Aviv Pride parade has set social media, the streets and the queer community alight. In preparation for the June 9 march, the city’s streets are already filling up with rainbow flags and cute tourists. Luckily for the parade’s organizers, this year's event is taking place in the second week of June rather than the first, which marks 50 years since the start of the 1967 occupation. We already…

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  • Anti-war activists disrupt Israeli weapons conference

    Anti-war activists disrupt the International Air Conference, which was dedicated to the Israeli Air Force's latest purchase: 33 F-35 fighter aircrafts. Photos by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Conference goers at the "The International Air Conference," the vast majority of them men dressed in suits and ties — did not expect to see a group of anti-war activists on Sunday morning at the Tel Aviv Hilton. [tmwinpost] The activists, who belong to Coalition of Women for Peace, held up signs in Hebrew and English reading, "The next war starts here." The demonstration came to an end after security guards and police officers…

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