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Durham Becomes First US City to Ban Police Exchanges with Israel

Palestine Chronicle – April 18, 2018

On Monday, April 16, 2018, the Durham city council in the US, became the first US city council to ban police exchanges with the Israeli policy.

“After 3.5 hours and 50 powerful and inspiring testimonies, the Durham city council has just unanimously passed a resolution to end Durham police training in Israel,” said Eran Efrati, one of the organizers of the Demilitarize from Durham2Palestine campaign, which stood behind the vote, in a Facebook post.

“After years of hard work, Durham becomes the first city in the US to ban American police forces exchanges with the Israeli military and police,” he added.

The campaign has launched a petition which was signed by 1,394 people, calling on the council to ban police exchanges with Israel.

The petition read,

“The Israeli Defense Forces and the Israel Police have a long history of violence and harm against Palestinian people and Jews of Color. They persist in using tactics of extrajudicial killing, excessive force, racial profiling, and repression of social justice movements. Such tactics have been condemned by international human rights organizations for violating the human rights of Palestinians.”

The petition added,

“These tactics further militarize U.S. police forces that train in Israel, and this training helps the police terrorize Black and Brown communities here in the US. Additionally, such practices erode our constitutional rights to due process, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. Durham officials — including former Chief Lopez and current Chief Davis — have participated in these racist police exchange programs.”

The Palestine solidarity among minorities and marginalized communities has seen a growth in the last few years, with minorities and people of color joining the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel.

April 18, 2018 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism | , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Nothing is more precious than Freedom and Independence (from the Deep State).

    Comment by tonytran2015 | April 18, 2018 | Reply

  2. Being trained by the Israeli Police, who don’t treat the Palestinians as human beings, but oppress(and Kill) them on a daily basis, is akin to getting Benjamin Netanyahu to tutor the U.S. President. Oh wait, that’s what he does anyway.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | April 18, 2018 | Reply

  3. This is satisfying, beyond-excellent news (I like “unanimously”!!)…and should, of course, be followed by hundreds or thousands of other police forces across the US. (And the “forward deployed” NYCity police detachment should be removed from historic Palestine forthwith.)

    What will be the fed/Trump/Congress/Zionist reactions to this principled states-rights application of BDS? Stay tuned for hell (Ziohell) to be visited on Durham….

    Comment by roberthstiver | April 19, 2018 | Reply

    • People in Durham will ALL be labelled as “Anti-Semites” just for starters…..

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | April 19, 2018 | Reply

  4. Of course we’ll see how this goes but this is fantabulous!!! What??? Are you kidding me???

    …but let me not over-react. Still though, good news.

    You notice that it didn’t happen in SOUTH Carolina. That’s because of Nikki Haley, I imagine. So it’s a split between North and South? Tell me that isn’t funny.

    Comment by tsisageya | April 19, 2018 | Reply

    • In this case, my allegiance is with the North. I will fight to the death about it if it comes to that. Fyi.

      Comment by tsisageya | April 19, 2018 | Reply

      • …of course, they’ll probably apologize soon so, nevermind.

        Comment by tsisageya | April 19, 2018 | Reply

        • I guess I have a touch of Eeyore in me. Sorry about that.

          Comment by tsisageya | April 19, 2018 | Reply


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