If Ferguson photos of a ruthless, white, militarized police force against blacks looks like Israeli’s heavy handed racial war against Gaza Palestinians, there’s good reason. The Israeli Defense Force war crime-type tactics have stretched into the besieged Ferguson after the small Missouri town’s Police Chief Timothy Fitch trained in “counter-terrorism” with the IDF in Israel.
“We are Gaza now!” someone in the crowd Wednesday night was heard chanting, as The IDF was mobilizing forces along the border with Gaza ahead of the expiration of a three-day cease-fire.
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Now we have a hidden answer to Ms. Bertzikis’ question: According to investigative journalist Max Blumenthal, the proper term for this “ruthless suppression of dissent” should be “Israelification.” On March 25, 2011, the St. Police Department released the following media statement:
Blumenthal says that the United States militarized police began after September 11, when American law enforcement officers began to training in Israel for counter-terrorism expertise, with all expenses paid.
In response to 9/11, the Israel Lobby “provid[ed] thousands of top cops with all-expenses paid trips to Israel and stateside training sessions with Israeli military and intelligence officials.” Blumenthal reported about the US police IDF training:
“Having been schooled in Israeli tactics perfected during a 63 year experience of controlling, dispossessing, and occupying an indigenous population, local police forces have adapted them to monitor Muslim and immigrant neighborhoods in US cities.
“Meanwhile, former Israeli military officers have been hired to spearhead security operations at American airports and suburban shopping malls, leading to a wave of disturbing incidents of racial profiling, intimidation, and FBI interrogations of innocent, unsuspecting people. The New York Police Department’s disclosure that it deployed ‘counter-terror’ measures against Occupy protesters encamped in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is just the latest example of the so-called War on Terror creeping into every day life. Revelations like these have raised serious questions about the extent to which Israeli-inspired tactics are being used to suppress the Occupy movement.”
Many of these trips and training sessions were arranged by JINSA, the stridently pro-Israel organization whose advisors included such prominent Neocons as Douglas Feith and Richard Perle.
The Anti-Defamation League has provided Israeli-run training sessions to over 700 police officers through its course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats. It claims to have provided a background in Israeli perspectives to another 45,000 through its Law Enforcement and Society program, that is required training for all new FBI agents.