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Israel: An Ally to the Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar?

As per “The Countdown to Annihilation: Genocide in Myanmar” by Penny Green, Thomas MacManus and Alicia de la Cour Venning: “The first President of Burma, Sao Shwe Thaike, a Shan, claimed in 1959 that the ‘Muslims of Arakan certainly belong to the indigenous races of Burma. If they do not belong to the indigenous races, we also cannot be taken as indigenous races”.

This Report was published in 2015. It uncovers the shocking layers of systematic attacks orchestrated by Myanmar officials against Rohingya Muslims. The Rohingya genocide has been actively pursued under a long-term plan and has not failed in its execution over multiple decades in Burmese/Myanmar History.

The current plight of innocent, displaced civilian Rohingya came to the forefront after an armed group known as Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked at least 30 security posts on August 25th. This added a timely excuse for the Buddhist-majority Rakhine regime to pursue more public measures against the already persecuted community.

Over 600,000 Rohingya have had to flee the country, most reached the borders of Bangladesh by foot or boat. Such massive numbers flowing into Bangladesh make it difficult for aid agencies to help them.

Weapon Sales: The Allies of the Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar

There is much evidence and information being actively swept under the rug when it comes to Myanmar and the Rohingya genocide that no major country will actively take a stand against.

The sale of weapons to Myanmar has been another aspect to this story actively hidden from the masses. Countries that have sold the most weaponry to Myanmar from the 1990s to 2016 are as follows:

Sr. No Weaponry China Russia Israel Serbia Bulgaria Belarus
1 Aircrafts(combat & non-combat) 120 64 0 0 0
2 Armoured vehicles 696 0 120 0 0 0
3 Missles 1029 2971 0 0 100 102
4 Naval Vessels 21 0 0 0 0 0
5 Artillery 125 100 21 120 0 0
Total Weaponry Sold (Per Country) to Myanmar = 1991 3135 141 120 100 102

(Data based on a graphic originally published by Al Jazeera)

Public Outrage and Petitions

In recent times over 300 American Rabbis and cantors have started a petition against the sale of arms to Myanmar via the U.S. or Israel and condemned the act as stated in the petition, released on Thursday 26th October 2017 as follows:

As American citizens and as Jews, we refuse to accept any involvement by the U.S. or Israel in training or arming a military that is carrying out a brutal ethnic cleaning against a minority population.

Although Israel is not the largest player in this sale of weaponry, it does fall under the top three and has shown support to Myanmar ever since 1948. Further details about Israeli influence in Burma/Myanmar with reference to mutual genocidal plans in both countries can be found in the comprehensive report (mentioned earlier) published under the International State Crime Initiative here.

Evidence of Continued Alliance between Myanmar and Israel

A recent visit from Myanmar commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing to Israel in 2015 was soon followed by an announcement that Myanmar will purchase the Super Dvora III patrol boats, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries which is owned by the Israeli government.

Hlaing further stated that he had a meeting with the head of Israeli Defense Ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Agency Brig. Gen. (res.) Mishel Ben Baruch. The agency is directly responsible for the formation of Israel’s arms export policy, with the Foreign Ministry weighing in on these decisions as well.

In 2016 the CornerShot gun extensions that enables users to make shots around corners, were publically sold to Myanmar via the Israeli defense contractor TAR Ideal Concepts. The Contractor announced the product was “now in service in Myanmar’s Special Operations Task Force.”

Shortly after the sale, TAR Ideal Concepts shared images of its staff on its website, showing them training Myanmar Special Forces, teaching them how Israeli-made Corner-Shot guns were to be used.

Meanwhile the Foreign Minister of Israel “vehemently denied” the Country’s assistance to Myanmar amid the violence. An Israeli official, however, stated that the establishment was “reassessing” its sales of weaponry to Myanmar.

Israel’s Weapons Trades

The issue of Israel’s weapons trade with rogue regimes has effectively been brought to the notice of the general public through protests by activists in Tel Aviv. They have increased their efforts to expose the long history and current involvement of the Israeli Government in weapon sales along with military training to regimes actively involved in massacres and genocide of innocent civilians within their nations. Waves of increased protests were triggered by these sales Israel has made to Myanmar amid an embargo by the U.S. and European Union against the very country.

As of September 2017, The UN has officially condemned Myanmar for conducting what it referred to as a “textbook ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya“.

An Israeli human rights lawyer, Eitay Mack, has submitted a series of petitions to Israeli courts in an attempt to further highlight the blatant disregard against war crimes and that:

The companies selling the weapons, and the officials who quietly approve the trade, must be held accountable. Otherwise, why would this ever stop?

He further stated to Al Jazeera:

Many Western states sell arms, but what’s unique about Israel is that, wherever war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed, you find Israel is present.

No Embargo from Israel to Myanmar in Effect?

A hearing a few months ago at Israel’s Supreme Court to halt the sales concluded with the three judges leading the proceedings to effectively issue a “gag order”. The publication of their decision was hence, prevented. Their justification? Israel’s foreign relations would be at risk should they have made their verdict public.

The decision has been widely speculated to conclude with the approved continuation of arms sales.

To seek profit where you effectively fuel more bloodshed in entire countries, against an entire ethnicity, should constitute the highest order of Accessory to Murder and should be treated as such. The fact that no major country has spoken out against Israel, namely the U.S., further adds to how the hunger for economic growth has blinded the leaders of this world into succumbing to such vile tactics.

About Ahmed Moin

Ahmed has always found solace in good literature and has relished any accumulation of words, versed in a manner that surprises him. He has always found passion in writing and works on honing his skills while freelancing professional content for a little over a year now. He’s currently volunteering at a local animal shelter in Lahore, Pakistan. Their activities can be followed via the following Facebook page. Donations are always needed and highly appreciated!

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