US Rabbis urge Israel to end arms sales to Myanmar

ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM
Published 26.10.2017 22:19
A soldier guards near a house burnt down during recent violence in Maungdaw, Myanmar. (Reuters Photo)
A soldier guards near a house burnt down during recent violence in Maungdaw, Myanmar. (Reuters Photo)

A group of American rabbis is demanding that Israel halt the reported sales of arms to Myanmar, where hundreds of thousands of people have fled violence by government security forces.

T'ruah, a New York-based group of rabbis supporting human rights, says Thursday that 300 rabbis and cantors signed a petition calling for an end to the alleged arms sales.

A statement from Israel's Foreign Ministry said Israel "vehemently denies" reports of its "alleged involvement" in the Myanmar conflict.

Israel has not publicly commented on reports that it has sold weapons to Myanmar in the past. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said Israel was conducting a "reassessment" of its arms sales to the country in light of the situation.

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