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Rabbis in US file petition against Israel’s arming of Myanmar

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rohingya refugees walk at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia on October 26, 2017. (Photos by AFP)

Jewish rabbis and cantors in the United States have filed a petition demanding that the Israeli regime stop selling arms to Myanmar amid the government-backed violence against the Rohingya Muslims.

More than 300 clergymen and women have signed the petition, released Thursday.

"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," it read.

A similar request has reportedly been made by a group of rabbis in Israel.

The Israeli foreign ministry released a statement Monday to deny its role in violence and ethnic cleansing against Muslims in Myanmar.

"Israel's military export monitoring policy is frequently assessed according to a variety of considerations, among them the condition of human rights in the target country and the policies of the UN Security Council and other international agencies," claimed the ministry in a statement, amid growing calls for halt in weapons sales to the Myanmar military.

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The Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine have been subjected to government-backed violence by soldiers and Buddhist mobs since October 2016.

The United Nations says the refugees have testified a consistent and methodical pattern of killings, torture, rape and arson attacks taking place against the minority group in Myanmar.

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