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Reaction to World Court Decision in a ‘Global NATO’ Country

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.

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