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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Pro-Palestinian Group: Israel Trains U.S. Police to Be Racist

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The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) tweeted on May 28 that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) train police officers in the United States to be racist.

The tweet read, “The Israeli military trains US police in racist and repressive policing tactics, which systematically targets Black and Brown bodies. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are examples of racialized, systematized violence.”

Author Einat Wilf, who formerly served in the Knesset as a Labor Party member, tweeted sarcastically in response, “Ah yes, of-course. Because there is absolutely nothing in American history to explain police brutality against black men. It has to somehow involve Israel. I thought only Palestinians lacked agency, now American cops lack it too — their actions determined by Zionist puppeteers.”

Pro-Israel activist Aboud Dandachi, who is also a Syrian refugee in Canada, tweeted, “Then you should be able to point to numerous instances where the Israeli police utilized the very same methods on Arab-Israelis. Hello? Hellooooo? What, no examples at all? Crickets?”

Bryan Leib, former national director of the Americans Against Anti-Semitism watchdog, said in a statement to the Journal, “These false accusations by the Campaign for Palestinian Rights and Amnesty International are disgusting and completely false. It’s true that special operations teams in local and state law enforcement like SWAT do train with Israel but the average police officer has never received training from Israel! Will Twitter and Jack Dorsey be ‘fact checking’ these modern day blood libels being spread about Jews?”

According to Jewish Virtual Library, senior U.S. law enforcement officials have received training from the Israeli military on counterterrorism efforts since the 9/11 terror attacks.

The USCPR tweet comes after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin appeared on a video pinning George Floyd, 46, face down on a street by putting his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck on May 25 during an arrest; on video, Floyd can be heard saying several times that he couldn’t breathe. When paramedics arrived, Floyd was unresponsive and later was pronounced dead at a hospital. Chauvin was fired, then arrested on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter on May 29.

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