By Alison Weir, June 2, 2020
Over 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a 2012 conference organized by the Israeli consulate in which Israeli police trained them. Israeli forces often use the knee-on-neck restraint on Palestinians…
Israel has been training law enforcement officers around the US for many years, despite the fact that Israeli forces have a long record of human rights violations…
The neck technique taught by Israeli trainers was in the Minneapolis police manual…
Meanwhile, Congress is poised to pass a bipartisan $38 billion package to Israel…
Read five reports collated by Alison Weir.
- ‘Palestinian lives matter’: Activists draw parallels between Israel, US killings (In the Times of Israel, by Aaron Boxerman (June 2, 2020)
- Palestinians draw parallels between disabled man’s killing, US police violence against black people
- Hundreds of Israelis, angry with police violence at home, protest the George Floyd killing in Tel Aviv, by Sam Sokol (June 2, 2020)
- Israel Security Forces are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses, by Alice Speri (2017)
8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody (requires subscription but video is here)
The New York Times has reconstructed the death of George Floyd on May 25. Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by officers turned fatal.
Everyone knows that the police officers who killed George Floyd never would have been fired or arrested if a courageous black girl had not filmed the incident on her phone and posted it to social media.
Ending US-Israel Police Partnerships, Reclaiming Safety (A campaign directed by Jewish Voice for Peace)
Researching the American-Israeli Alliance (RAIA)
More here @EyeOnPalestine
And here from Jewish Voice for Peace about foregrounding racism in the United States.
And here from the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
An opportunity to deeply investigate the connections between the security forces of Israel and the United States—Beyond Connecting the Dots, July 18, 2020, 12-7:30 pm (East Coast USA time)
BTW: How interesting that the police officer who murdered George Floyd is named Chauvin. Most people now know the term “male chauvinism,” but “chauvinism” without “male” predates that term by about two centuries. Nicolas Chauvin, a French soldier, was a passionate admirer of Napoleon. His name is enshrined in the word chauvinism, which came to mean extreme nationalism, hatred of minorities and other nations, and endorsement of militarism, imperialism, and racism. Whether or not officer Derek Chauvin is descended from Nicolas Chauvin, he seems to be his philosophical heir. It is a philosophy that we are better off without.
—Eva S. Moseley