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Minnesota cops ‘trained by Israeli forces in restraint techniques’

Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian protestor on March 12, 2019.
By Jon Collins  – Morning Star– June 1, 2020

Officers from the US police force responsible for the killing of George Floyd received training in restraint techniques and anti-terror tactics from Israeli law-enforcement officers.

Mr Floyd’s death in custody last Monday, the latest in a succession of police killings of African Americans, has sparked continuing protests and rioting in US cities.

At least 100 Minnesota police officers attended a 2012 conference* hosted by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the second time such an event had been held.

There they learned the violent techniques used by Israeli forces as they terrorise the occupied Palestinian territories under the guise of security operations.

The so-called counterterrorism training conference in Minneapolis was jointly hosted by the FBI.

Israeli deputy consul Shahar Arieli claimed that the half-day session brought “top-notch professionals from the Israeli police” to share knowledge with their US counterparts.

It is unclear whether any of the officers involved in the incident in which Mr Floyd was killed attended the conference.

Israeli forces broke necks

But in a chilling testimony, a Palestinian rights activist said that when she saw the image of Derek Chauvin kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck, she was reminded of the Israeli forces’ policing of the occupied territories.

Neta Golan, the co-founder of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) said: “When I saw the picture of killer cop Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd by leaning in on his neck with his knee as he cried for help and other cops watched, I remembered noticing when many Israeli soldiers began using this technique of leaning in on our chest and necks when we were protesting in the West Bank sometime in 2006.

“They started twisting and breaking fingers in a particular way around the same time. It was clear they had undergone training for this. They continue to use these tactics — two of my friends have had their necks broken but luckily survived — and it is clear that they [Israel] share these methods when they train police forces abroad in ‘crowd control’ in the US and other countries including Sudan and Brazil.”

Israeli training of US police is widespread

The training of US police officials by Israeli forces is widespread.

Even Amnesty was compelled to report that hundreds of police from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington state and Washington DC had been flown to Israeli for training.

Thousands more have been trained by Israeli forces who have come to the US to host similar events to the one held in Minneapolis. According to the somewhat selective rights organisation, many of these trips are taxpayer-funded, while others are privately funded.

Since 2002 the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs have paid for police chiefs, assistant chiefs and captains to train in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), it said.

The Minneapolis Police Department was contacted for comment.

*(embedded links added by If Americans Knew)

[IAK notes: Anoka County (north Minneapolis region) Sheriff James Stuart traveled to Israel last December for a similar training.]

June 2, 2020 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Subjugation - Torture | , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. I’m sorry, but that photo showing an Israeli soldier, apparently “restraining the Palestinian”, looks distinctly like he’s attacking someone who is pinned to the ground(with a knee forcing his head down), while the Israeli soldier batters a defenseless victim, just like George Floyd was dealt with.

    It is a Cowardly act, NOT ……”upholding the law”. If the USA authorities regard this as upholding the Law, Nothing is going to change on the streets of America.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 2, 2020 | Reply

  2. Good observation, Brian. It reveals the sadistic and cowardly violence of Israeli police, punching a man while another pins him to the ground. I have seen it myself in Palestine. I wonder how many Palestinians have been murdered by Israeli thugs in uniform? Why no world-wide outrage on their behalf? Incidentally, this brutality is less likely to stop breathing since the knee is not on the windpipe, than to stop blood flow to the brain by constricting the jugular, which can also kill or maim. Either way it is no way to treat suspects in a civilized country, which as we know, Israel is not. Israeli forces are fully capable of arresting people without life-threatening assault. Not that Palestinians receive justice even in the courts (Apartheid fake trials). The demonstrations in the US and elsewhere, should be against the training of Police by a militia with a record in callous, racist, cold-blooded murder of ethnic victims. Israel wants its horrific crimes to seem less extreme by inciting ‘normal’ nations to copy them.

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    Comment by jbthring | June 3, 2020 | Reply

  3. I sent this to a valued correspondent a few minutes ago:

    “…I’ve just come across this. I’m ambivalent about Paul Craig Roberts; don’t know the extent of his readership; but his involvement could provoke a change in mindset:
    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/06/02/israelis-trained-the-minnesota-cop-how-to-kill/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=israelis_trained_the_minnesota_cop_how_to_kill&utm_term=2020-06-03

    “This statement by PCR is my takeaway from the link included in his commentary. If the black community + other peace-and-justice activists would run with it…wow:
    ‘What serious and well-intentioned black leadership could do for our country would be to investigate and stop the Israeli training of US police and the militarization of the police.’

    “And what better time than right now, while the “knee on neck” is searing-hot breaking news?”

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    Comment by roberthstiver | June 3, 2020 | Reply

  4. Israel imports “training” in brutality to America. America exports billions in foreign aid to Israel.

    A foreign country gains more influence and control upon American domestic and international policy.

    The “ZOG” is certainly not a conspiracy theory, certainly not a “racist” or anti-semitic bias.

    What benefits there are to Israel and its world-wide partisans to have the United States directed as they want.

    A relentless, fanatical, devious and destructive force is operative.

    To deny that is to buckle under either its bribery or cohesion. To submit to it is slavery. A slavery of every possible form.

    Writers and I’ll assume most every reader, are fighting against it.

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    Comment by michael | June 3, 2020 | Reply

  5. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    The training of US police officials by Israeli forces is widespread.

    Liked by 3 people

    Comment by stuartbramhall | June 4, 2020 | Reply

  6. A UK Front-Bench MP has been sacked as ‘anti-Semitic’ for tweeting that Israel trained US Police in brutal tactics. I sent the following Question to BBC Radio4 ‘Any Questions?’: REBECCA LONG-BAILEY MP ONLY CONVEYED A TWEET THAT ISRAELI TACTICS OF KNEELING ON PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS’ NECKS WERE FOUND TO HAVE SCHOOLED U.S. RIOT POLICE, SO SHOULD REMOVING HER FROM LABOUR’S FRONT BENCH ON THAT TRIFLING SCORE CALL FOR OUTLAWING THE ISRAELI LOBBY’S KNEES ON OUR DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS’ NECKS? It was not aired!

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    Comment by jbthring | June 27, 2020 | Reply

    • You can say anything you like about Muslims, Russians, Chinese, Palestinians(who are Semitic, by the way) but NO ONE is allowed to have any negative opinions about Jews, even if they are openly guilty of various crimes.
      Such is the Knee on Neck, or the “Sleeper hold” they have over the British, and American nations…….

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 27, 2020 | Reply


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