Israel has been selling weapons to Myanmar as thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee the Myanmar military’s violent crackdown in the Rakhine state.
Human rights groups and Burmese officials have said that the weapons sold to Myanmar include more than 100 tanks, weapons and boats used to police the country’s border.
Israeli arms companies including Tar Ideal have also been training Burmese special forces who are currently in the Rakhine state where violence erupted late last month.
The arms company’s website has recently posted images showing its staf instructing members of the Myanmar special forces on combat tactics and how to use specific weapons.
This month, the Israeli High Court of Justice will hear a petition urging the Israeli government to stop selling weapons to Myanmar over the country’s ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims. The petition has been launched by activists.
The European Union and the United States have an arms embargo against Myanmar.
Eitay Mack, an Israeli human rights lawyer based in Tel Aviv, says Israel has “no control” over its arms exports once they are out of the country.
“Israel has no control of what's happening with its weapons once it sends its weapons to Burma,” said Mack, who presents the petition.
“But from Tar Ideal’s website, we know that they are arming and training Burmese special forces who are operating in the Rakhine state right now,” he added.