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Amnesty: Two thirds of Israeli arms – for exports

Author: Ronen Bodoni, ynetnews.com [Israel], Published on: 10 October 2006

Report issued by [Amnesty International, OXFAM International, and IANSA] focuses on contribution of global arms trade to escalation in worldwide violence...Another example regarding Israel is the selling of the US made Apache [manufactured by Boeing] attack helicopter to Israel...the helicopter includes sub-systems manufactured by companies in Britain, Holland, and Ireland, which under the European Union regulations should not have allowed the direct sales of these arms systems to Israel [which in turn uses these arms in its military actions in the Palestinian territories, resulting in the death and injury of thousands]...Israel...managed to have [4] companies included in the list of the 100 leading arms companies in the world. [These are]: Elbit, RAFAEL, IMI (Israel Military Industries), and IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries)...The report...emphasize[s] that the availability of weapons, due to poor enforcement, is the reason why weapons get to the hands of inappropriate individuals and results in the escalation in violence...

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Related companies: Boeing Elbit Systems