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Hadash MK Ofer Cassif (Joint List) called on Defense Minister Benny Gantz to halt the sale of Israeli arms to a private militia, the Special Forces Command (SFC), associated with Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni. MK Cassif did this towards a district court hearing to be held in mid-February to stop the export of arms to Uganda. In his letter, Cassif wrote, “War crimes and severe and methodical violations of human rights intended to allow Museveni to cling to the reins of power have been characteristic of Uganda for the past few years.” A delegation of Israel’s Ministry of Defense, led by the head of the International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) Brigadier General (ret.) Michel Ben-Baruch, (second from right in first row) during a visit to Uganda, May 2019 (Photo: Soft Power News) The SFC was founded in 2011 as Museveni’s extrajudicial private security detail, drawing its commanders from his own ethnic…

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Hadash Calls on Defense Ministry to End Weapons Exports to Uganda