Itochu Aviation in Japan has broken off strategic cooperation with Israel’s military aircraft producer Elbit Systems, following the International Court of Justice’s Jan. 26 ruling that South Africa had presented a “plausible” case that Israel is carrying out genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza.
Anyone selling weapons to a country convicted of genocide would be open to being charged with complicity with genocide, also a crime under the Genocide Convention. Itochu ended its memorandum of agreement to share technologies and capacities, which had been signed in March 2023, according to Al-Monitor on Feb. 5. Nippon Aircraft Supply was also part of that MOU. Itochu Aviation is a subsidiary of Itochu Corp; the chief financial officer of the parent company, Tsuyoshi Hachimura announced the action.