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Israel Trains Brookhaven Police

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 21, 2016

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Electronic Intifada has a feature today, Atlanta mayor rejects demand to end Israel police training. It is not known how many officers have participated in the training. This training is facilitated by Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, or GILEE. “GILEE receives funding support from private sources (corporations, associations, individuals, and GILEE graduates), and from law enforcement agencies. It also receives technical, logistical, and in-kind support from public agencies, organizations, civic associations, and government sources.” It is not known how much individual cities, many with budget problems, pay for the training.

“In an unusually candid discussion … GILEE program director Robert Friedmann recently declared that, “There is no Islamophobia. There is knife-o-phobia,” as he presented decontextualized video clips of Arabs stabbing Israeli police officers.”

What harm could come from training police? On the surface, this might be a good thing. On the other hand, Israel is seen by many as a brutal, oppressive government. The optics of receiving police training from such a government are questionable.

One indication that this might be a problem is this tweet. @JeffreyGoldberg Did not realize that anti-Semites are blaming police violence against African-Americans on Jews. The tweet links to Exposed: Years-long effort to blame Israel for U.S. police shootings of blacks. The article asserts “So the likelihood is somewhere close to zero that any cop who is involved in a shooting (much less an unjustified shooting) was trained in Israel and the Israeli training contributed to the shooting.”

The EI article is illustrated by a picture from the Brookhaven Police Department facebook page. “Deputy Chief Juan Grullon, Jr., has returned home after spending two weeks in Israel for training in the latest counterterrorism techniques and technologies by that nation’s top police professionals…. Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens emphasized the training’s importance to Georgia communities. “The training received in Israel and their ability to deal with high-pressure situations will be valuable for day-to-day situations. There is so much we can learn to be that ‘beacon on the hill’ again.”

PG has noticed the Brookhaven Police keeping the blue lights on, even when not stopping vehicles. “In Washington D.C., for instance, police adopted the Israeli tactic of keeping the red and blue lights on their cruisers flashing at all times so that their presence is always felt.”

“Three months after the Ferguson uprising, the St. Louis Police Department, which has participated in training sessions in Israel, started stockpiling skunk water, a foul-smelling liquid developed by Israel to break up anti-occupation protests and harass Palestinian communities. The substance emits a foul stench that has been described as a mix of rotting animal corpse, raw sewage and feces. The odor sticks to walls, clothing, hair and skin for days and is impossible to wash away – Israeli forces frequently spray it indiscriminately into Palestinian homes. Skunk water hasn’t been used on US soil yet. But police departments around the country have expressed interest in acquiring it to quell demonstrations against police violence. Perhaps this is one of the counterterrorism tactics Reed had in mind when praising Israeli police.”

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

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