A lawyer exposes the oppressive states that joined Israel in celebrating its new US embassy

Benjamin Netanyahu at the US embassy in Jerusalem in front of American and Israeli flags
Ed Sykes

An Israeli human rights lawyer has exposed the oppressive states that joined Israel in celebrating the recent relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Eitay Mack fights to stop Israel sending military aid to war criminals and regimes that violate human rights. And he wrote in the 972+ magazine on 22 May:

This list of participants is an embarrassing low point for both the Trump administration and the Netanyahu governments’ international influence. Despite the threats of Ambassador Nikki Haley and Trump himself to cut aid to countries that do not support America’s policy in the Middle East, the vast majority of countries were absent from the embassy opening. The government of Israel is once again in need of support from murderous and corrupt regimes, if only to create a veneer of success…

A roll call of repressive allies

Mack was expanding on a previous tweet from Haaretz journalist Noa Landau, which revealed the names of states planning to attend an Israeli Foreign Ministry event in celebration of the US embassy moving to Jerusalem:

Mack argued that:

Israeli ties with the majority of countries that attended the ceremony are based on continual Israeli security exports, used for repression, political persecution, murder, rape, and torture.


Mack then explained the record of some of the countries on the attendance list in greater detail, saying:

  • The regimes of Burma (Myanmar) and South Sudan “are currently busy carrying out ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity”.
  • “According to reports, Israeli arms have been used in massacres across the [Democratic Republic of Congo] over the past two years.”
  • “For decades, Israel has been providing weapons to Cameroon’s dictator, Paul Biya. In the past two years, an elite unit trained by Israelis, whose soldiers often use Israeli-issued weapons, has been carrying out a campaign of terror against the local population in the English-speaking areas of Cameroon.”
  • Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales, meanwhile, is sucking up to Trump to encourage him to stop US support for “an international team that is looking into corruption allegations”. Morales and his associates apparently have a vested interest in stopping these investigations.
  • “Over the past few years, security forces under [current president of the Philippines] Rodrigo Duterte, responsible for the murder of at least 7,000 people as part of the “War on Drugs,” have often been armed with Israeli Tavor rifles.”
  • “In December 2016, Israel signed an arms export deal to Honduras, one of the largest in Latin America in recent memory.” Honduras wants to keep both the US and Israel on side because it’s trying to maintain their support in the wake of international allegations of electoral fraud.

“A veneer of success”

It really does say a lot when Israel looks to countries like those listed above to give it a “veneer of success”.

But when you consider that Israel has reportedly killed 112 Palestinians – and shot 502 in the head or neck – since 30 March, it makes much more sense.

Israel is simply cosying up to the only people willing to turn a blind eye to its crimes.

Get Involved!

– Support the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. Also find out more about the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. And see previous Canary articles on Israel.

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