Israel Pushes Back Against Far-Left Efforts to Blame It for US Police Brutality

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An Israel Police spokesperson appeared to push back on Tuesday against efforts by some activists in far-left circles to blame the Jewish state for police brutality in the US.

Charges that certain tactics — including the knee-to-neck restraint move that led to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis two weeks ago — were taught to American law enforcement personnel by Israeli counterparts have been circulating online recently.

On Tuesday, Israeli Police foreign media spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld tweeted, “There is no procedure that allows an officer of the #israel police dept to carry out an arrest by placing a knee on the neck of a suspect.”

“None of police Counter terrorism training that #Israel national police provide to foreign law enforcement officers involves such a measure,” he added.

Shortly after Floyd’s death, the Democratic Socialists of America’s BDS national working group tweeted, “The police violence happening tonight in Minneapolis is straight out of the IDF playbook,” adding, “US cops train in Israel.”

A pro-BDS petition to the University of California made similar claims.

“We know the Minneapolis police were also trained by Israeli counter-terrorism officers,” it said. “The knee-to-neck choke-hold that Chauvin used to murder George Floyd has been used and perfected to torture Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces through 72 years of ethnic cleansing and dispossession. Police departments view Israeli Defense Force tactics as models for responding to ‘public health and safety crises.’”

In response to an inquiry from The Algemeiner regarding Israeli training for the Minneapolis police force, a spokesperson from the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest said, “Any attempt to create any link between what took place in Minnesota with Israel is baseless and misguided.”

The Algemeiner   (c) 2019        .         Benjamin Kerstein



  1. What do the far left and far right have in common? An antisemitic “Blame the Jews for everything” mentality.
    To Jews living in the U.S.A: Go back to Israel!
    To Jews living in Israel: You don’t belong here; you stole all this land from Palestinians!

    Eighty-five years ago the Soviets and Nazis ym”s agreed on almost nothing, yet they both had virulent Jew-hatred at their cores. Today, it’s no different.

  2. The anti-Israel hit piece by “The Progressive” in late 2019 lists the participants as follows:

    > Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Floria, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wahsington, D.C., and West Virginia.

    Guess what is missing from their list. Same is true of every (pre-Floyd) web site I checked – none of them mention anything about the city or state in question.

  3. ““There is no procedure that allows an officer of the #israel police dept to carry out an arrest by placing a knee on the neck of a suspect.””

    Lol, they’re just allowed to beat and bloody chareidim with abandon.


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