Images of protesters being violently detained have been frighteningly similar not only across the US, but are also a daily occurrence in Palestine. Is there a connection? Yes, there certainly is.
A lot of attention has been directed recently at the “training” American police receive from Israel. The point, however, is not that Israel has made US police more violent. Rather, Jeff Halper argues, it was the example of the Israeli Security State, with ready-made doctrines, para-military structures, and weaponry, that has influenced the construction of a similar American Security State.
The Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council (JVP HAC) joins the multitude of social justice groups and community-led calls for an end to the structural and systemic racism in, and violence by police forces across the country towards Black Americans.
Peter Miller explains the parallels and linkages between US law enforcement practices and what Israeli forces use to maintain the occupation in Palestine.
An ADC webinar with Ajamu Amiri Dillahunt, Noura Erakat, and Ahmad Abuznaid discusses the history of police violence, the connections to U.S. foreign policy, and the need to understand such struggles within a wider global context.
George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police on May 25 has caused many to liken American policing methods to Israeli occupation policing, and to point out that US police have gotten training from Israeli officials under the sponsorship of Israel lobby organizations. The ADL sponsors such trainings, even as it says George Floyd murder exposes “systemic” racism in the U.S.
This is not a moment to highlight the similarities between law enforcement violence in the US and Palestine says Nada Elia, but to work in solidarity to topple the violent system of racial supremacy in the United States.
The BDS movement calls on Palestine solidarity activists in the US and elsewhere to stand with the Movement for Black Lives and other Black-led organizations in their righteous struggle for justice.
Amidst fear and mourning, the Jewish community is turning towards antiracist solidarity to create real safety. “One thing is clear,” JVP member Jay Saper writes, “our shared enemy is white supremacy and our shared solution is one another.”