Source: Jerusalem Post: The United States Treasury Department has sanctioned three people over their roles in South Sudan’s civil war, including retired Israeli Maj.-Gen. Israel Ziv.
A statement released by the department on Friday said that Ziv, the former head of the IDF’s Operations Directorate, used legal entities as a cover for the sale of millions of dollars worth of weapons, which extended for the duration of the conflict in South Sudan.
“Ziv used an agricultural company that was nominally present in South Sudan to carry out agricultural and housing projects for the Government of South Sudan as a cover for the sale of approximately $150 million worth of weapons to the government – including rifles, grenade launchers and shoulder-fired rockets,” it read.
According to the statement, Ziv was paid through the country’s oil industry, as he was in close collaboration with a major multi-national oil firm. He is also said to have “maintained the loyalty of senior Government of South Sudan officials through bribery and promises of security support. He has also reportedly planned to organize attacks by mercenaries on South Sudanese oil fields and infrastructure, in an effort to create a problem that only his company and affiliates could solve.”
The department also sanctioned three of Ziv’s Israeli companies: Global N.T.M. Ltd., Global Law Enforcement and Security Ltd. and Global IZ Group Ltd.
Israel recognized South Sudan on July 10, 2011, but Juba has been accused of using Israeli arms and surveillance equipment in the civil war, which has racked the country since 2013 and has killed close to 400,000 people. Millions more have been displaced from their homes in the fighting, which broke out after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup.
A 2016 UN report said that Israel’s Micro Galil automatic rifle is “present in larger numbers than before the outbreak of the conflict.” The report added that while the rifles were sold to Uganda in 2007 and then transferred to South Sudan in 2014 without Israel’s permission, Israeli ACE rifles were used in a massacre that targeted Nuer citizens in Juba in 2013.