Israel’s lessons from the Holocaust – Never miss an opportunity to sell arms – the nastier the regime the more profitable it is!

Once again
Israel is up to its neck in supplying weaponry to a state engaged in
genocide.  One might have thought that
Israel, since it claims its legitimacy from the Holocaust might conclude that
it is wrong to supply a barbaric and genocidal regime with weaponry.  However that would be to have illusions in
the ‘Jewish’ state.  The only lesson Israel
draws from the Holocaust is that Jews too should have the right to engage in
If Israel
could trade arms with the Argentinian Junta from 1976-1983, which was busily
murdering and torturing Argentinian Jews, then it is unlikely that the murder
of the Rohinga people, who are after all Muslims, is going to weight on
Netanyahu’s conscience.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin greets the Head of Burma’s genocidal junta
Activists in Israel took the issue of Israel’s arm sales to the High Court.  Not only did the court rule in favour of Israel’s right to sell arms to any Nazi-like regime it wanted to but it tried to keep its verdict secret by issuing what is called a ‘gag order’.  Israel, despite being  the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ has comprehensive censorship.
Below is an
article from Haaretz.
weapons to a government that’s guilty of genocide is very similar to sending
weapons to Germany during the Holocaust
Yair Auron
Oct 02, 2017 11:10 AM
Israeli President Reuven
Rivlin and Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meeting
in Jerusalem, September 10, 2017.
General Min Aung Hlaing’s Facebook
This is the independent Israeli High Court in action
 The State of
Israel is sending weapons to a country that’s carrying out ethnic cleansing.
Once one couldn’t even imagine such a thing, but then it turned out that during
the 1990s the Rabin-Peres-Meretz government was selling weapons to the
genocidal governments of Rwanda and Serbia.
To send
weapons to a government that’s guilty of genocide is very similar to (excuse
the comparison) sending weapons to Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Our
leaders nevertheless did this knowingly and desecrated the memory of the
Holocaust in the process. It’s important to stress that they turned both you
and me into criminals, into accessories to a crime and to abettors of genocide.
In Myanmar
there is now a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” going on, as per the
United Nations. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman can equivocate and lie, but
the bitter reality is sad. Israel is the only democratic country, at least
according to press reports, that is still sending weapons to Myanmar. European
and North American countries have stopped doing so, even though there is no
official embargo.
Eitay Mack,
who has for years been leading the struggle against the criminal weapons
exports by Israel – not private weapons merchants, but the State of Israel – to
dubious regimes, petitioned the High Court of Justice to stop the defense
exports to Myanmar. His petition was rejected and in an unprecedented move
there was a gag order imposed on the full ruling, even though the case was
handled in open court.
I had the
privilege of submitting petitions with Mack against the sales of weapons by
Israel to the murderous regime in Serbia, which conducted ethnic cleansing
campaigns in the early 1990s, and at least one massacre in Srebrenica in
Bosnia, and another petition against the weapons deliveries to the Hutu government
in Rwanda, which conducted the fastest genocide in human history.
There’s a
connection between the rejection of our petitions back then and the current
reality. The petitions then were submitted after the fact, regarding crimes
that had already been committed. The current petition and struggle is about the
present. Today there are children and elderly people being murdered and women
raped in Myanmar. There will almost certainly be more tomorrow.
We told the
“leftist” High Court that exposing documents under the Freedom of Information
Law could signal to the Israeli government that there are limits and
restrictions on the sale of weapons to murderous regimes. The petition was
rejected on grounds that it would undermine state security and the state’s
security exports. But the success of the current struggle can save lives.
I’ve learned
one thing from dealing with the Holocaust and genocide, and that’s the sacred
value of human life and the equal value of human life, because we are all human
beings created in God’s image. When we remember this basic fact, a lot of
things become simple.
Prof. Auron
is a genocide researcher who works to get the genocides of other peoples
Yair Auron