Israeli legal NGO threatens Boeing deal with Iran



A Boeing plane operated by the Qantas airline. Credit: Grahame Hutchison via Wikimedia Commons.

( An Israeli legal rights NGO on Thursday threatened to place liens against any planes that the American aerospace giant Boeing plans to sell to Iran.

Iran on Tuesday announced an agreement with Boeing that would be the first aircraft deal with an American company since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Boeing intends to sell Iran about 100 new airplanes, but the deal is awaiting U.S. government approval.

The Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center represents families of victims of Iranian-sponsored terror attacks, seeking to secure financial compensation for the families that has been mandated by U.S. courts but has not yet been paid out by Iran. Shurat HaDin said that Iran must pay these debts before it can purchase Boeing’s planes.

“It is shocking that a company like Boeing would enter into a business deal with the outlaw regime in Tehran,” said Shurat HaDin’s director, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Some members of the U.S. Congress are also publicly opposing the Boeing-Iran deal, warning that American planes could be used to support terrorism. The agreement with Boeing is part of the trend of warming business ties between Iran and world powers following last year's nuclear deal.

Posted on June 16, 2016 .