Major Israeli Daily: Our Government Is "Arming Neo-Nazis In Ukraine"

It's not everyday that one reads such a shocking headline as this in a major Israeli daily paper: Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine.

An investigative report in Haaretz, Israel's longest running and arguably most influential newspaper, details a broad campaign underway by over 40 human rights leaders to pressure Israel's High Court of Justice to order the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine, as they argue militant neo-Nazi groups are among the recipients of those weapons. 

An Azov militiaman - an openly neo-Nazi group - holding an Israeli Tavor rifle. Image source: Azov YouTube channel screenshot

According to Haaretz's investigation:

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

An earlier appeal to the Defense Ministry was met with no response.

The ministry’s considerations in granting export licenses for armaments are not disclosed to the public, but it appears that the appearance of Israeli weapons in the hands of avowed neo-Nazis should be a consideration used in opposing the granting of such a license.

We've covered the infamous Azov Battalion many times before, and though it took the mainstream media years to catch up to this story, the group is so openly and unrepentantly pro-Nazi that even US Congress was forced to take notice while ironically at the same time directly propping up their political patrons in the pro-EU/US Kiev government that Washington helped install in 2014. 

In terms of the extent of covert Israeli support to such groups as the neo-Nazi Azov Battallion, Haaretz lists as examples high level meetings between Ukrainian military officials and Israeli defense companies, especially involving contracts related to communications systems, warplanes, and helicopters; as well as Tel Aviv's approval for the Ukrainian company Fort to produce Tavor, Negev, and Galil rifles under Israeli contract; and further IDF officers and instructors overseeing military training schools that include Azov militiamen; and perhaps most shocking a Ukrainian media interview which featured a former Israeli army officer who admitted to participating in battles in eastern Ukraine while also training militiamen. 

There's also of course the fact that Azov Battalion itself has never been shy about showing of its Israeli military hardware in social media photographs and videos. 

The official Avoz YouTube channel has posted "review" videos of locally made Tavor rifles produced under Israeli contract:

 Haaretz concludes: "All of this is unambiguous proof that Israel is exporting weapons to Ukraine, knowing that they reach right-wing militias, some members of which are avowed neo-Nazis who enjoy the support of the authorities."

As we detailed previously Azov militia members sport fascist symbols from the World War II era and their founder and chief patron, Andriy Biletsky also a prominent member of Ukrainian parliament  has openly declared that the goal of his group is to “lead the White Races of the world in a struggle for their survival.” He's recently pushed to ban "race mixing" in the Ukrainian parliament. 

There was so much bad publicity surrounding the Azov Battalion over the past years that Congress unanimously passed legislation forbidding any aid to the group – a provision, as this piece by Joseph Epstein in the Daily Beast pointed out long ago, was ultimately meaningless as is was essentially unenforceable:

“In an interview with The Daily Beast, Sgt. Ivan Kharkiv of the Azov battalion talks about his battalion’s experience with U.S. trainers and US volunteers quite fondly, even mentioning US volunteers engineers and medics that are still currently assisting them. He also talks about the significant and active support from the Ukrainian diaspora in the US As for the training they have and continue to receive from numerous foreign armed forces. Kharkiv says ‘We must take knowledge from all armies… We pay for our mistakes with our lives.’

“Those US officials involved in the vetting process obviously have instructions to say that US forces are not training the Azov Battalion as such. They also say that Azov members are screened out, yet no one seems to know precisely how that’s done. In fact, given the way the Ukrainian government operates, it’s almost impossible.”

Yes, an unfortunate yet familiar theme: your tax dollars funded the arming, training, and feeding of neo-Nazis in Ukraine. That’s what we bought into when Washington decided to launch a regime change operation in that bedraggled corner of southeastern Europe. Your money has also long gone toward propping up the country’s war-stricken economy – albeit not before corrupt government officials rake their cut off the top.

And now it appears the Israeli public and rights groups are wising up to the Israeli government's longtime partnership with Washington in propping up fascist Ukrainian paramilitary groups. 

According to Haaretz the issue began receiving more attention after a recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks and incidents across Ukraine:

In tandem with the rising power of Azov, which has more than 3,000 members, there is a rise in anti-Semitic incidents and attacks against Ukraine’s minorities. Neo-Nazi groups have attacked Jews and Jewish memorial sites across Ukraine, as well as journalists, Roma and members of the LGBT community.

And further, according to Haaretz:

Last May right-wing groups marched through Odessa, their leaders claiming that the city belongs to Ukrainians, not Jews, and that they would get rid of the latter.

All this is happening as the Ukrainian administration is trying to deny the country’s role in the Holocaust, just as is happening in Poland (now with the support of the Netanyahu government).

All of this ought to of course be especially sensitive in the Jewish state — which is possibly why it's taken so long for the explosive issue to receive mainstream Israeli media coverage. 

It will be interesting to see if Israel's High Court of Justice acts on or even acknowledges the demands of the Israeli activist groups currently petitioning for a ban on weapons exports to Ukraine, but we won't hold our breath. 


Mementoil Thoresen Wed, 07/11/2018 - 04:30 Permalink

Haaretz is most definitely NOT an influential newspaper in Israel.
It may have been mainstream twenty years ago, but since then it has drifted so far to the extreme left, and has been caught spreading lies so many times, that it is considered a fringe publication, with a similar degree of credibility as the Onion.

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CriticalUser Rapunzal Wed, 07/11/2018 - 05:35 Permalink

Outlandish conspiracy theory: most jews were fleeing to the west. And they had to pay a very big buy-out ransom to be permitted out of Germany (besides of having most/all of their assets confiscated). That is: until the Endlosung (Final Solution) began, when the Jews were simply killed directly (gassed) or slowly (work camps), with everything to their dental gold fillings confiscated by the nazi state.

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JimmyJones CriticalUser Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:02 Permalink

Not true the Rothschilds didn't give a rats behind about what happened to other Jews , they consider themselves above them and the ends justufit the means just as it is today. They will do it again if it means increasing their power. They do you think the Rothschilds care about the welfare of your local dentist or doctor, no they don't they are in the same group as everyone else in their eyes, the expendable group.

It's a fact that they financed Hitler. They weren't alone in doing it but did have a significant piece of the action.

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hestroy CriticalUser Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:22 Permalink

Although I like your funny joo fairy tales, this is pure jooshit. Nazis were closely cooperating with zionists to move joos from Europe to Palestine (Haavara Agreement). They didn't want to go to the desert so they ended up in the labour camps. Try harder, filthy one. You have to try harder to get more Shekels from your Hasbara kike supervisor.…


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Free This hestroy Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:40 Permalink

The Haavara Agreement (Hebrew: הסכם העברה Translit.: heskem haavara Translated: "transfer agreement") was an agreement between Nazi Germany and Zionist German Jews signed on 25 August 1933. The agreement was finalized after three months of talks by the Zionist Federation of Germany, the Anglo-Palestine Bank (under the directive of the Jewish Agency) and the economic authorities of Nazi Germany. It was a major factor in making possible the migration of approximately 60,000 German Jews to Palestine in 1933–1939.[1]

The agreement enabled Jews fleeing persecution under the new Nazi regime to transfer some portion of their assets to British Mandatory Palestine.[2] Emigrants sold their assets in Germany to pay for essential goods (manufactured in Germany) to be shipped to Mandatory Palestine.[3][4] The agreement was controversial at the time, and was criticised by many Jewish leaders both within the Zionist movement (such as the Revisionist Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky) and outside it, as well as by members of the NSDAP and members of the German public.[4] For German Jews, the agreement offered a way to leave an increasingly hostile environment in Germany; for the Yishuv, the new Jewish community in Palestine, it offered access to both immigrant labor and economic support; for the Germans it facilitated the emigration of German Jews while breaking the anti-Nazi boycott of 1933, which had mass support among European Jews and was thought by the German state to be a potential threat to the German economy.[4][5]


There were work camps and death camps, and millions died there, jew and non-jew. My uncle saw them, when he fought and died in WWII. I believe him over you morons who say it was a hoax. I have his battle map, proving where he went and fought. He ended up on the Elbe River, and artillery was pointed at Russia, ready to go. He died over there but wrote letters home of what he saw, and experienced.

I find it amusing that so many here fall for the fallacies that NAZI's were harmless. National Socialist Party, just a hair trigger to the right of Communists. Look at their flags, posters and such of the time period of both, very similar. The major difference is that NAZI's were a blood cult.

Today's jews are not the same as Biblical times to be sure. I don't have a dog in that fight. I am not a jew, nor do I defend what they do today. I want the duals out of our gov't too. I am certainly not backing them selling arms to neo-nazi's, if that is the case.

I will be called a board game, but I don't care, I am just telling you people what I know. Take it or leave it, it's your right.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Yep, hestroy I am your lone dissenter.

EDIT - You slime balls have been Reduced to down arrows LOL...

Meanwhile, everything is just honkey dorey here in good 'ol America

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Free This DefendYourBase Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:12 Permalink

It was a hate filled piece of trash...but not published until 1941...well after the start of the war, the jews were getting stomped well before then, nice try though.

Background: This pamphlet is one of the more astonishing propaganda productions of the Third Reich. Some background is in order. Theodore N. Kaufman was the 31-year old owner of a theatrical ticket agency in Newark, New Jersey who published at his own expense a 100-page book titled Germany Must Perish! in March, 1941. It called for the sterilization of the German population and the dismemberment of Germany, with its land being turned over to neighboring states. The book received no serious attention in the U.S., but the Nazis discovered it in July 1941. They played it up big, claiming that Kaufman was a close associate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a member of his Brain Trust, and that Roosevelt himself had dictated some of Kaufman’s words. Late in September 1941, this pamphlet by Wolfgang Diewerge appeared in an edition, according to Goebbels, of five million. Goebbels had originally wanted to translate Kaufman’s whole pamphlet into German, but feared copyright problems. The U.S. was still not in the war, and he worried that the U.S. might retaliate by stripping German works in the U.S. of copyright protection. Goebbels himself wrote the last page of the pamphlet, but did not add his name, since he preferred Diewerge’s pamphlet to seem “unofficial.” A month after publication, the Nazis released a four-page flyer to remind Germans of Kaufman’s plan.

Diewerge claims the Kaufman’s book appeared at about the same time as the July 1941 meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill on the presidential yacht Potomac, though the first edition was actually published in March 1941. Kaufman rather enjoyed the publicity, and put out a paperback edition after the Nazi furor. He sank into obscurity thereafter and died in 1986.

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Bastiat besnook Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:55 Permalink

I'm not saying "bullshit" but we need some evidence.  The informant says he provided it to the House Intel Committee along with a polygraph test and the names of the DEA and ATF agents.  It's also a fact that the lawyer/lobbyist guy behind the investigation was shot and run over by a guy he hired to help with the investigation.  That perp has been charged with a couple felonies.   He suspects that this was an assassination attempt to stop his investigation.  As he put it: well, maybe he just had an issue with me or maybe he was a plant.  Seems this guy, an ex-marine, had a history of contract dirty works for the alphabets.

So there are some hard facts and there some "known unknowns" at this point.  You would expect these two suspects to be charged but this is deep Swampland/DC so who knows?  Informant says the DC cops don't want to hear anything about it.

Very suspicious how Seth went into the ER talking and the next day, after a shift change, was dead.  The attending ER physician, having treated many gunshot wounds,  thought his wounds were not fatal. In a departure from medical practice the doc was not allowed to see Rich the next day, the day he died.  That physician has had NOTHING to say (that I'm aware of) since then. 

No shortage of dirty cops and officials under an established dirty government. 

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