The week-long Anti-Defamation League program from October 6-13 is in its fifth year. As part of the program, members of the delegation, most of them employed in sheriffs’ offices, meet with security experts, intelligence analysts and commanders in the Israel National Police and Israel Defense Forces.
“As a people living under constant threat of attack, the Israelis are leading experts in security enforcement and response strategies,” said Tammy Gillies, the Anti-Defamation League’s regional director in San Diego.
“The mission to Israel is a tremendous opportunity for American law enforcement professionals to learn from their counterparts in the Middle East, draw from the latest developments in terrorism prevention and bring these methods back home to implement in their communities,” she said in a statement.
Joseph Gardiner, Global Research - Since 9/11, cops have been traveling abroad to learn from one of the most repressive and dangerous State forces in the world today—the Israeli military and intelligence apparatus.
Political commentator John Miranda recently stated that police brutality is directly linked to the training some officers receive in Israel:
As for the increase in police brutality within the United States, I think this definitely can be pointed towards the Israeli training that the Department of Homeland Security is giving all of American police officers.... Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University, notes how militarized U.S. police reflect the training that is received in Israel and spread throughout the ranks:
Some police officers are actually being flown to Israel for the training, not all of them but some, and then those that are flown to Israel, they come back home and they train the head officers in the training that they’ve gotten in Israel.
All these incidents, it is not just happening to African Americans. Police are literally being brutal with all Americans.
If American police and sheriffs consider they’re in occupation of neighborhoods like Ferguson and East Harlem, this training is extremely appropriate – they’re learning how to suppress a people, deny their rights and use force to hold down a subject population.... Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, described how U.S. police tactics are “a near replica” of Israeli military crowd control tactics:
Whether it is in Ferguson or L.A., we see a similar response all the time in the form of a disproportionate number of combat-ready police with military gear who are ready to use tear gas at short notice. Whenever you find 50 people at a demonstration, there is always a SWAT team in sight or right around the corner.This increasingly common scenario is indicative of law enforcement that views the populace as the enemy. Peaceful protests of unjust government practices are fundamental to the progression of society. Police with militarized tactics and gear are the progenitors of violence.
The Israelization of America's police