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Originally published in Al Akhbar on 2 December 2011.

In October, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The occasion was Urban Shield 2011, an annual SWAT team exposition organized to promote “mutual response,” collaboration and competition between heavily militarized police strike forces representing law enforcement departments across the United States and foreign nations.

At the time, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department was preparing for an imminent confrontation with the nascent “Occupy” movement that had set up camp in downtown Oakland, and would demonstrate the brunt of its repressive capacity against the demonstrators a month later when it attacked the encampment with teargas and rubber bullet rounds, leaving an Iraq war veteran in critical condition and dozens injured. According to Police Magazine, a law enforcement trade publication, “Law enforcement agencies responding to…Occupy protesters in northern California credit Urban Shield for their effective teamwork.”

Training alongside the American police departments at Urban Shield was the Yamam, an Israeli Border Police unit that claims to specialize in “counter-terror” operations but is better known for its extra-judicial assassinations of Palestinian militant leaders and long record of repression and abuses in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Urban Shield also featured a unit from the military of Bahrain, which had just crushed a largely non-violent democratic uprising by opening fire on protest camps and arresting wounded demonstrators when they attempted to enter hospitals. While the involvement of Bahraini soldiers in the drills was a novel phenomenon, the presence of quasi-military Israeli police – whose participation in Urban Shield was not reported anywhere in US media – reflected a disturbing but all-too-common feature of the post-9/11 American security landscape.

The Israelification of America’s security apparatus, recently unleashed in full force against the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has taken place at every level of law enforcement, and in areas that have yet to be exposed. The phenomenon has been documented in bits and pieces, through occasional news reports that typically highlight Israel’s national security prowess without examining the problematic nature of working with a country accused of grave human rights abuses. But it has never been the subject of a national discussion. And collaboration between American and Israeli cops is just the tip of the iceberg.

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 raised serious questions about the extent to which Israeli-inspired tactics have been used to suppress the Occupy movement in general.

The process of Israelification began in the immediate wake of 9/11, when national panic led federal and municipal law enforcement officials to beseech Israeli security honchos for advice and training. America’s Israel lobby exploited the climate of hysteria, providing thousands of top cops with all-expenses paid trips to Israel and stateside training sessions with Israeli military and intelligence officials. By now, police chiefs of major American cities who have not been on junkets to Israel are the exception.

“Israel is the Harvard of antiterrorism,” said former US Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer, who now serves as the US Senate Sergeant-at-Arms. Cathy Lanier, the Chief of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police, remarked, “No experience in my life has had more of an impact on doing my job than going to Israel.” “One would say it is the front line,” Barnett Jones, the police chief of Ann Arbor, Michigan, said of Israel. “We’re in a global war.”

Karen Greenberg, the director of Fordham School of Law’s Center on National Security and a leading expert on terror and civil liberties, said the Israeli influence on American law enforcement is so extensive it has bled into street-level police conduct. “After 9/11 we reached out to the Israelis on many fronts and one of those fronts was torture,” Greenberg told me. “The training in Iraq and Afghanistan on torture was Israeli training. There’s been a huge downside to taking our cue from the Israelis and now we’re going to spread that into the fabric of everyday American life? It’s counter-terrorism creep. And it’s exactly what you could have predicted would have happened.”

Changing the way we do business

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) is at the heart of American-Israeli law enforcement collaboration. JINSA is a Jerusalem and Washington DC-based think tank known for stridently neoconservative policy positions on Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians and its brinkmanship with Iran. The group’s board of directors boasts a Who’s Who of neocon ideologues. Two former JINSA advisers who have also consulted for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Douglas Feith and Richard Perle, went on to serve in the Department of Defense under President George W. Bush, playing influential roles in the push to invade and occupy Iraq.

Through its Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP), JINSA claims to have arranged Israeli-led training sessions for over 9000 American law enforcement officials at the federal, state and municipal level. “The Israelis changed the way we do business regarding homeland security in New Jersey,” Richard Fuentes, the NJ State Police Superintendent, said after attending a 2004 JINSA-sponsored Israel trip and a subsequent JINSA conference alongside 435 other law enforcement officers.

During a 2004 LEEP trip, JINSA brought 14 senior American law enforcement officials to Israel to receive instruction from their counterparts. The Americans were trained in “how to secure large venues, such as shopping malls, sporting events and concerts,” JINSA’s website reported. Escorted by Brigadier General Simon Perry, an Israeli police attaché and former Mossad official, the group toured the Israeli separation wall, now a mandatory stop for American cops on junkets to Israel. “American officials learned about the mindset of a suicide bomber and how to spot trouble signs,” according to JINSA. And they were schooled in Israeli killing methods. “Although the police are typically told to aim for the chest when shooting because it is the largest target, the Israelis are teaching [American] officers to aim for a suspect’s head so as not to detonate any explosives that might be strapped to his torso,” the New York Times reported.

Cathy Lanier, now the Chief of Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, was among the law enforcement officials junketed to Israel by JINSA. “I was with the bomb units and the SWAT team and all of those high profile specialized [Israeli] units and I learned a tremendous amount,” Lanier reflected. “I took 82 pages of notes while I was there which I later brought back and used to formulate a lot of what I later used to create and formulate the Homeland Security terrorism bureau in the DC Metropolitan Police department.”

Some of the police chiefs who have taken part in JINSA’s LEEP program have done so under the auspices of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a private non-governmental group with close ties to the Department of Homeland Security. Chuck Wexler, the executive director of PERF, was so enthusiastic about the program that by 2005 he had begun organizing trips to Israel sponsored by PERF, bringing numerous high-level American police officials to receive instruction from their Israeli counterparts.

PERF gained notoriety when Wexler confirmed that his group coordinated police raids in 16 cities across America against “Occupy” protest encampments. As many as 40 cities have sought PERF advice on suppressing the “Occupy” movement and other mass protest activities. Wexler did not respond to my requests for an interview.

Lessons from Israel to Auschwitz

Besides JINSA, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has positioned itself as an important liaison between American police forces and the Israeli security-intelligence apparatus. Though the ADL promotes itself as a Jewish civil rights group, it has provoked controversy by publishing a blacklist of organizations supporting Palestinian rights, and for condemning a proposal to construct an Islamic community center in downtown New York, several blocks from Ground Zero, on the basis that some opponents of the project were entitled to “positions that others would characterize as irrational or bigoted.”

Through the ADL’s Advanced Training School course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats, over 700 law enforcement personnel from 220 federal and local agencies including the FBI and CIA have been trained by Israeli police and intelligence commanders. This year, the ADL brought 15 high-level American police officials to Israel for instruction from the country’s security apparatus. According to the ADL, over 115 federal, state and local law enforcement executives have undergone ADL-organized training sessions in Israel since the program began in 2003. “I can honestly say that the training offered by ADL is by far the most useful and current training course I have ever attended,” Deputy Commissioner Thomas Wright of the Philadelphia Police Department commented after completing an ADL program this year. The ADL’s relationship with the Washington DC Police Department is so cozy its members are invited to accompany DC cops on “ride along” patrols.

The ADL claims to have trained over 45,000 American law enforcement officials through its Law Enforcement and Society program, which “draws on the history of the Holocaust to provide law enforcement professionals with an increased understanding of…their role as protectors of the Constitution,” the group’s website stated. All new FBI agents and intelligence analysts are required to attend the ADL program, which is incorporated into three FBI training programs. According to officialFBI recruitment material, “all new special agents must visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to see firsthand what can happen when law enforcement fails to protect individuals.”

Fighting “crimiterror”

Among the most prominent Israeli government figure to have influenced the practices of American law enforcement officials is Avi Dichter, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service and current member of Knesset who recently introduced legislation widely criticized as anti-democratic. During the Second Intifada, Dichter ordered several bombings on densely populated Palestinian civilian areas, including one on the al-Daraj neighborhood of Gaza that resulted in the death of 15 innocent people, including 8 children, and 150 injuries. “After each success, the only thought is, ‘Okay, who’s next?’” Dichter said of the “targeted” assassinations he has ordered.

Despite his dubious human rights record and apparently dim view of democratic values, or perhaps because of them, Dichter has been a key figure in fostering cooperation between Israeli security forces and American law enforcement. In 2006, while Dichter was serving as Israel’s Minister of Public Security, he spoke in Boston, Massachusetts before the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Seated beside FBI Director Robert Mueller and then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, Dichter told the 10,000 police officers in the crowd that there was an “intimate connection between fighting criminals and fighting terrorists.” Dichter declared that American cops were actually “fighting crimiterrorists.” The Jerusalem Post reported that Dichter was “greeted by a hail of applause, as he was hugged by Mueller, who described Dichter as his mentor in anti-terror tactics.”

A year after Dichter’s speech, he and then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff signed a joint memorandum pledging security collaboration between America and Israel on issues ranging from airport security to emergency planning. In 2010, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano authorized a new joint memorandum with Israeli Transport and Road Safety Minister Israel Katz shoring up cooperation between the US Transportation Security Agency – the agency in charge of day-to-day airport security – and Israel’s Security Department. The recent joint memorandum also consolidated the presence of US Homeland Security law enforcement personnel on Israeli soil. “The bond between the United States and Israel has never been stronger,” Napolitano remarked at a recent summit of AIPAC, the leading outfit of America’s Israel lobby, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Demographic Unit

For the New York Police Department, collaboration with Israel’s security and intelligence apparatus became a top priority after 9/11. Just months after the attacks on New York City, the NYPD assigned a permanent, taxpayer-funded liaison officer to Tel Aviv. Under the leadership of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, ties between the NYPD and Israel have deepened by the day. Kelly embarked on his first trip to Israel in early 2009 to demonstrate his support for Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip, a one-sided attack that left over 1400 Gaza residents dead in three weeks and led a United Nations fact-finding mission to conclude that Israeli military and government officials had committed war crimes.

Kelly returned to Israel the following year to speak at the Herziliya Conference, an annual gathering of neoconservative security and government officials who obsess over supposed “demographic threats.” After Kelly appeared on stage, the Herziliya crowd was addressed by the pro-Israel academic Martin Kramer, who claimed that Israel’s blockade of Gaza was helping to reduce the numbers of “superfluous young men of fighting age.” Kramer added, “If a state can’t control these young men, then someone else will.”

Back in New York, the NYPD set up a secret “Demographics Unit” designed to spy on and monitor Muslim communities around the city. The unit was developed with input and intensive involvement by the CIA, which still refuses to name the former Middle East station chief it has posted in the senior ranks of the NYPD’s intelligence division. Since 2002, the NYPD has dispatched undercover agents known as “rakers” and “mosque crawlers” into Pakistani-American bookstores and restaurants to gauge community anger over US drone strikes inside Pakistan, and into Palestinian hookah bars and mosques to search out signs of terror recruitment and clandestine funding. “If a raker noticed a customer looking at radical literature, he might chat up the store owner and see what he could learn,” the Associated Press reported. “The bookstore, or even the customer, might get further scrutiny.”

The Israeli imprimatur on the NYPD’s Demographics Unit is unmistakable. As a former police official told the Associated Press, the Demographics Unit has attempted to “map the city’s human terrain” through a program “modeled in part on how Israeli authorities operate in the West Bank.”

Shop ‘til you’re stopped

At Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, security personnel target non-Jewish and non-white passengers, especially Arabs, as a matter of policy. The most routinely harassed passengers are Palestinian citizens of Israel, who must brace themselves for five-hour interrogation sessions and strip searches before flying. Those singled out for extra screening by Shin Bet officers are sent to what many Palestinians from Israel call the “Arab room,” where they are subjected to humiliating questioning sessions (former White House Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala encountered such mistreatment during a visit to Israel last year). Some Palestinians are forbidden from speaking to anyone until takeoff, and may be menaced by Israeli flight attendants during the flight. In one documented case, a six-month-old was awoken for a strip search by Israeli Shin Bet personnel. Instances of discrimination against Arabs at Ben Gurion International are too numerous to detail – several incidents occur each day – but a few of the more egregious instances were outlined in a 2007 petition the Association for Civil Rights in Israel filed with the country’s Supreme Court.

Though the Israeli system of airline security contains dubious benefits and clearly deleterious implications for civil liberties, it is quietly and rapidly migrating into major American airports. Security personnel at Boston’s Logan International Airport have undergone extensive training from Israeli intelligence personnel, learning to apply profiling and behavioral assessment techniques against American citizens that were initially tested on Palestinians. The new procedures began in August, when so-called Behavior Detection Officers were placed in security queues at Logan’s heavily trafficked Terminal A. Though the procedures have added to traveler stress while netting exactly zero terrorists, they are likely to spread to other cities. “I would like to see a lot more profiling” in American airports, said Yossi Sheffi, an Israeli-born risk analyst at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation and Logistics.

Israeli techniques now dictate security procedures at the Mall of America, a gargantuan shopping mall in Bloomington, Minnesota that has become a major tourist attraction. The new methods took hold in 2005 when the mall hired a former Israeli army sergeant named Mike Rozin to lead a special new security unit. Rozin, who once worked with a canine unit at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, instructed his employees at the Mall of America to visually profile every shopper, examining their expressions for suspicious signs. His security team accosts and interrogates an average of 1200 shoppers a year, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

One of the thousands who fell into Rozin’s dragnet was Najam Qureshi, a Pakistani-American mall vendor whose father accidentally left his cell phone on a table in the mall food court. A day after the incident, FBI agents appeared at Qureshi’s doorstep to ask if he knew anyone seeking to harm the United States. An army veteran interrogated for two hours by Rozin’s men for taking video inside the mall sobbed openly about his experience to reporters. Meanwhile, another man, Emile Khalil, was visited by FBI agents after mall security stopped him for taking photographs of the dazzling consumer haven.

“I think that the threat of terrorism in the United States is going to become an unfortunate part of American life,” Rozin remarked to American Jewish World. And as long as the threat persists in the public’s mind, Israeli securitocrats like Rozin will never have to worry about the next paycheck.

“Occupy” meets the Occupation

When a riot squad from the New York Police Department destroyed and evicted the “Occupy Wall Street” protest encampment at Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan, department leadership drew on the anti-terror tactics they had refined since the 9/11 attacks. According to the New York Times, the NYPD deployed “counterterrorism measures” to mobilize large numbers of cops for the lightning raid on Zuccotti. The use of anti-terror techniques to suppress a civilian protest complemented harsh police measures demonstrated across the country against the nationwide “Occupy” movement, from firing tear gas canisters and rubber bullets into unarmed crowds to blasting demonstrators with the LRAD sound cannon.

Given the amount of training the NYPD and so many other police forces have received from Israel’s military-intelligence apparatus, and the profuse levels of gratitude American police chiefs have expressed to their Israeli mentors, it is worth asking how much Israeli instruction has influenced the way the police have attempted to suppress the Occupy movement, and how much they will inform police repression of future examples of street protest. What can be said for certain is that the Israelification of American law enforcement has intensified police fear and hostility towards the civilian population, blurring the lines between protesters, criminals, and terrorists. As Dichter said, they are all just “crimiterrorists.”

“After 9/11 we had to react very quickly,” Greenberg remarked, “but now we’re in 2011 and we’re not talking about people who want to fly planes into buildings. We’re talking about young American citizens who feel that their birthright has been sold. If we’re using Israeli style tactics on them and this stuff bleeds into the way we do business at large, were in big trouble.”

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  1. seafoid on December 2, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Comment from the FT that says it all

    Speculator | December 2 2:25pm | Permalink

    That this crisis will lead to change is a certainty. It is an opportunity for positive change but decline often leads to internal conflict and decline rather than cohesion and development.

    As a financial markets private sector operator I am often befuddled by our refusal to see things in black and white.

    The change we are asking for that shrinks the public sector means the following:

    (1) The Workers and the Middle Class must accept lower pay in line with the difference with that from the emerging economies and increasingly frontier economies until there is a meeting of the two
    (2) In the meantime they should understand that domestic US and European capital will keep its returns in line with global counterparts and will therefore not share in this decline because that is the just and fair thing

    Put that way it is clear why this will not happen without a titanic battle and whatever happens the society we see after will bear no resemblance to the current one.

    While I see the brutal logic at play here to argue that those who resist the potential collapse of their standards of living in this manner are “crazy” are themselves either delusional or just selfish beyond words or a combination of both.

    As an owner of capital I fight my corner but not using quasi-moral arguments.

    This is the reason countries outside Europe and US have traditionally been unstable and non-democratic. Very difficult for anyone to agree to this usually done by force until a time when there is enough wealth to gain cohesion.

    This is a real life experiment as to whether it always has to be like that….. I pray that I am wrong

    • Keith on December 2, 2011, 7:53 pm

      SEAFOID- The militarization of the police and the increasing reliance on coercive force as a means of social control has been going on for a while. It is intended as a means to subdue the domestic population when confronted with the inevitable social disruptions caused by neoliberal structural adjustment. This is the Third World model currently being imposed upon the First World. The financial sector is reducing the majority to a form of debt servitude. The year 2012 is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

      • marc b. on December 3, 2011, 10:08 am

        The militarization of the police and the increasing reliance on coercive force as a means of social control has been going on for a while. It is intended as a means to subdue the domestic population when confronted with the inevitable social disruptions caused by neoliberal structural adjustment.

        agreed. i don’t know how much the state security apparatus has been ‘israelified’, more likely there are a number of israelis who have acquired a skill set useful for social control in the US. what is occuring now in the realm of ‘policing’ and surveillance is a continuation of cold war policies, including the militarization of the economy, and to include extra-judicial killings. that is why it was so important that the ‘peace dividend’ die such a quick death after the fall of the USSR.

    • MRW on December 3, 2011, 1:56 am

      Seafoid, (my iPad lost my previous version of this)

      Luckily, he’s wrong. But the problem here in this country is that few understand how the monetary system really works so we get the anti-government crowd destroying the country in a crisis.

      Watch this, Seafoid. The speaker works at the same university as Dr. Bill Black of Occupy LA fame. These guys are in the economic vanguard right now, and called the crisis 10 years ago when the top guys from Harvard, Yale, Chicago, and Princeton didn’t. And couldn’t.

      “Why You and I Can’t Spend More Than We Bring In, but the Government Can – and Probably Should”
      Dr. Stephanie Kelton of UMKC explains that much of our current jobs crisis stems from a fundamental misunderstanding about the relationship between the US and its currency. She runs the blog This lecture was given at Luther College in Decorah, IA on September 28th 2011.

  2. on December 2, 2011, 7:02 pm

    here is a very interesting video of ex Israeli soldiers “breaking the silence”and talking about their experiences in Israeli Army during 2nd intifada.
    When someone is able to break through the brainwashing propaganda, and start seeing the light of Truth, then is hard to go back to the “old ways of thinking”.
    And then …one become “dangerous” to the System that feeds itself on this numbing propaganda like leeches on the blood.

    “Burning Conscience: Israeli soldiers speak out.”

  3. pabelmont on December 2, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Very valuable, scary, what can anyone say?
    Long live the 99%, but we have nothing much to lose anymore but our chains. Now targets of the police (as reported here) and perhaps soon of the army (as reported at alternet

  4. Boycott Israel on Campus on December 2, 2011, 8:06 pm

    The sooner we see a Boycott-Israel movement, the sooner we can stop this trend:

    Thanks for the observations from UC Davis.

  5. Duscany on December 2, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Next thing you know the campus police will be going to the students’ parents’ homes and cutting down their olive trees.

    • Citizen on December 5, 2011, 4:14 pm

      Mmm, that will be their apple trees. Apple pie is not a Jewish dish.

  6. jayn0t on December 2, 2011, 10:17 pm

    “The Israelification of America’s security apparatus”. This article proves nothing. The ‘security apparatus’ (in less hysterical language, ‘the police’) repressed and killed strikers, protesters etc, long before Israel was founded.

    The suppression of Occupy Wall St is the US state acting in capitalist class interests. Support for Occupy Palestine is the opposite.

    Trying to amalgamate the two is typical left-wing fuzzy thinking, and bound to fail.

    • Chaos4700 on December 3, 2011, 4:04 pm

      Keep telling yourself that while you stay afloat and your neighbors lose their houses and their jobs.

      If things keep going the way they are, you’re going to miss those days when you were bashing “peaceniks.” Ignore the left for too long and you’re going to be crushed under a wave from the far right. And the bashing and crushing isn’t going to be verbal, then.

    • Jeffrey Blankfort on December 3, 2011, 11:43 pm

      Throw into the mix the fact that a subsidiary of the Israel firm, ICTS, was responsible for the airport security at Boston’s Logan airport on 9/11 (as well as a number of other US airports including the others linked to 9/11) as well as Paris’s Charles De Gaulle airport which allowed Richard Reid, the shoe bomber to depart, as well as Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam from which, of course, the Nigerian underwear bomber was allowed to depart when “he should have stirred the suspicion of the security officers. His age, name, illogical travel route, high-priced ticket purchased at the last minute, his boarding without luggage (only a carry on) and many other signs should have been sufficient to alert the security officers and warrant further examination of the suspect.”

      In your ignorance, Jaynot, you may think that the methods of police violence and surveillance haven’t changed much since the days of the Pinkertons, but there are good reasons, besides the free trips, that American cops are happy to go to Israel and learn the latest methods of dealing with non-violent protests. One that was picked up in Oakland was firing tear gas cannisters at the heads of the protesters as has only happened, it seems, in Occupied Palestine and Oakland.

      • dahoit on December 5, 2011, 12:06 pm

        Yeah,no instances of security breaches in Israel,right?A setup,and we are the marks.

      • Kathleen on December 5, 2011, 4:42 pm

        Quite awhile back read a few articles about Micheal Chertoff’s interest in security technology companies. Also James Woolsey. Was it Dana Priest who wrote about how huge the intelligence community has grown. How many billions are being spent.

        I think Senator Lieberman and team were controlling the homeland security funds and who this massive amount of government dough is going to. Hysteria gone wild meant millions/billions of dollars in homeland security contracts

      • jayn0t on December 8, 2011, 10:43 pm

        Cops don’t need to go to Israel to think of firing tear gas cannisters at peoples’ heads. They have frequently fired live bullets at heads. So what else is new?

      • Jeffrey Blankfort on December 9, 2011, 1:43 am

        jaynot, I’m not sure how many times you have faced cops using teargas but I suspect you can count them on one hand and still have five fingers left over. In US protests since the Vietnam days, I know of only ONE instance in which a cop (not National Guard) killed someone at a protest and that was James Rector who was simply standing on a roof on Telegraph Ave. in 1969 during People’s Park protests.

        As for using teargas, before they learned it from Israel, cops here used to throw tear gas cannisters, not fire them from guns.

        One of the reasons Israel wanted the US in Iraq was that it would make us occupiers of an Arab nation and obliged to turn to Israel to learn how to do the occupation thing in that Arab land “properly,” and so it came to pass that it was the Israeli military that instructed the US in the finer points of occupation. Step out of denial and try yourself off.

  7. on December 2, 2011, 11:47 pm

    “Nigel Farage: This is How Dictatorship Begins “.
    The title says it all. Very important video to watch.
    It explains precisely, what the hell is going on in Europe , who and why is causing it ,and what is ahead of us. Nothing to look forward though.

  8. Taxi on December 3, 2011, 1:10 am

    I see zionism as a goiter that grew on the back of judasim. Poor judaism.

    And for over ten years now it’s been visibly growing on the shoulders of the new host, America. Intent on staying there and growing and growing and growing. Poor America.

    So why are zionists doing this? What do they really want from us Americans?

    Well they know that having (illegal) nukes ain’t enough to guarantee israel’s survival. And they sure are in desperate need of an inflated demography.

    Zionists know that they can’t convince most Americans to convert to judaism thereby enhancing israel’s judo-zionist numbers by some 300 million. So what do they do instead? They endeavor to make Americans FEEL jewish, FEEL like they’re zionists, FEEL like they’re israelis. And where best to FIRST firmly plant that crooked seed but in America’s security apparatus?

    They want Americans to think that without israeli help, their lives and their children’s lives will be endangered. And for those Americans who reject this ‘security’ swindle, well they’ll be punished for this rejection not by zionist israelis themselves but by the israelified American security apparatus.

    You just watch how in future presidential elections, candidates who don’t fully support israel will not just be ignored, but be referred to as ‘unpatriotic’.

    American zionism is violent and armed and is killing America faster than unfettered capitalism. How many zio-free Americans will be left to attend the eventual funeral?

  9. Avi_G. on December 3, 2011, 1:16 am

    Regarding the section Shop ‘til you’re stopped, I would like to stress that on the surface, behavioral profiling seems innocuous and reasonable. Many Americans would probably find it logical and comforting.

    But the truth of the matter is that just like Random Searches ended up defying the basic laws of probability by singling out travelers who had darker complexions or had Arab or Moslem-sounding-names, the same is true for this Behavioral Profiling lie.

    At Ben-Gurion airport, when security personnel approach the next traveler in line, they first check his or her name. If the name is an Arab name, the traveler is then asked a question that may seem innocuous to outsiders, but it is one that actually earns him or her a long and humiliating process; “Where did you arrive from?”

    If the answer is, for example, “I came here from Bakka al-Gharbiya,” then that person is instructed, “Follow me!”

    As an aside, this is one of the way that segregation in Israel has helped the state perpetuate and enforce a system of discrimination and oppression.

    Imagine if Jews and Palestinians lived next door to each other, it would be much harder to allocate $400 to Itsik and $70 to Hamzah and still claim that the discrepancy had nothing to do with ethnicity or discrimination.

  10. MRW on December 3, 2011, 1:32 am

    He’s wrong, thankfully. But people in this country have to understand how our government really works, and they don’t.

    Watch this, seafoid. This is from the same economic team that Dr. Bill Black (of Occupy LA fame) works with at the Univ. of Kansas.

    “Why You and I Can’t Spend More Than We Bring In, but the Government Can – and Probably Should”
    Dr. Stephanie Kelton of UMKC explains that much of our current jobs crisis stems from a fundamental misunderstanding about the relationship between the US and its currency. She runs the blog This lecture was given at Luther College in Decorah, IA on September 28th 2011.

  11. MRW on December 3, 2011, 1:40 am

    BRAVO, Max!

    I’ve been waiting for a Jewish writer to get into this ever since Jeff Halper brought this out in February 2010, because a gentile doing it would be crucified.

    Halper’s talk, and he gets into the whole world problem.

    Thank you.

    • MRW on December 3, 2011, 2:04 am

      Further, an incredibly important point that Halper makes is that by inserting Israeli military into local law enforcement the government circumvents the law that says we cannot use the military against domestic US citizens. Jesus, I hope this story gets a huge readership.

      Again, thanks Max.

      • Kathleen on December 3, 2011, 1:07 pm

        “I hope this story gets a huge readership.”

        linky dink away. Email list, facebook, Occupy Wall street sites

    • Kathleen on December 3, 2011, 12:03 pm

      “Israelification” of our congress, the White House and now our police depts. Mission accomplished. So instead of dealing with the one of the core reasons for why so many people in that part of the world are so pissed off with the US we double down and have the very perpetrators of those Palestinian crimes train our police depts. Assinine!
      Great that Max took this on. So much there. This piece should be linked, spread far and wide. So well done and documented
      *Clearly remember retired Col Janet Karpinski talking about special Israeli agents being in Abu Gharib when torture was taking place.
      “Col. Janis Karpinski, the Former Head of Abu Ghraib, Admits She Broke the Geneva Conventions But Says the Blame “Goes All the Way to The Top”Share3

      Karpinski, the highest-ranking officer demoted in connection with the torture scandal, speaks out about what happened at the Abu Ghraib prison. She discusses:

      •How the military hid “ghost detainees” from the International Red Cross in violation of international law;
      •Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller calling for the Gitmoization of Abu Ghraib and for prisoners to be “treated like dogs”;
      •Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s secret memos on interrogation policies that hung on the prison’s walls;
      •The military’s use of private (and possibly Israeli) interrogators;”
      “Two former JINSA advisers who have also consulted for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Douglas Feith and Richard Perle, went on to serve in the Department of Defense under President George W. Bush, playing influential roles in the push to invade and occupy Iraq.”

      When I think of Jinsa I think about Micheal Ledeen and his involvement with Jinsa,
      When you think about the run up to the immoral, bloody, and unnecessary invasion of Iraq how can you not think about the Niger Documents/ Micheal Ledeen and how not one person has been held accountable for any of the false intelligence

      “Blogger Glenn Greenwald has taken Ledeen to task for what Greenwald calls his history of false statements and inaccurate predictions, calling him “one of the most dishonest and ludicrous jokes on the political scene.”[29]

      Writing in The Nation, Jack Huberman, who describes Ledeen as “the most influential and unabashed warmonger of our time”, attributes these quotes to Ledeen:[30]

      “the level of casualties (in Iraq) is secondary”
      “we are a warlike people (Americans)…we love war”
      “Change—above all violent change—is the essence of human history”
      “the only way to achieve peace is through total war”
      “The purpose of total war is to permanently force your will onto another people”
      “Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business”

  12. MRW on December 3, 2011, 2:34 am

    Another interesting story related to this:

    EXCLUSIVE: Funders Behind NYPD’s Mysterious Private ‘Counter-Terrorism’ Foundation
    By Eli Clifton and Ali Gharib on Nov 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm
    When the New York City police department (NYPD) wanted to bring a terrorism expert on board in 2008 to teach about homegrown terror, it turned to Marc Sageman, a well-regarded terrorism expert who works at a right-leaning think tank.

    The gig, as reported that year by the Associated Press, paid Sageman well. The AP article aslo mentioned, in passing, a strange twist to Sageman’s work:
    Dr. Sageman’s residency at the nation’s largest police department began in May and will last a year, with a private foundation paying his $180,000 salary. […]

    Read the rest at the link. All of the five foundatios who are paying for this are Jewish, and support right-wing Israeli causes. Unbelievable.

    This is going unravel. No wonder they clamped down on the Palestinian issue.

    • MRW on December 3, 2011, 5:17 am

      I looked at Sageman’s bio. He spent 10 years in the military and was a shrink from 1994 on. His big claim to fame as an expert is doing a psychological assessment of 400 al Qaeda members after 911. Considering the delicious job the brilliant Adam Curtis did debunking that there were ever any Al Qaeda in his BBC documentary, this is laughable. Sageman had worked as a liaison with the Afghan Muhajadeen in 1989-1991 when they dreamt it all up. He was a CIA officer. So the myths continue.

      The real terrorism expert in the US is Brian Michael Jenkins. He has over 40 years experience, and appeared before a senate committee in November 2010 (2009?) about homegrown terrorism. At the end of his statement he said there was more terrorism in the 1970s than now. In a rawstory interview he said he was so disgusted by everyone’s terrorism claims and his attempts to debunk them that he didn’t want to talk about it anymore.

    • MRW on December 3, 2011, 7:09 am

      It gets better. Read Leonard Levitt’s initial account:

    • Sand on December 4, 2011, 11:36 am

      EXCLUSIVE: Funders Behind NYPD’s Mysterious Private ‘Counter-Terrorism’ Foundation

      Tagging onto this story — Bloomberg’s recent announcement:

      Bloomberg: I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

      I wouldn’t put it past him to try and run for President in the future.

  13. Dan Crowther on December 3, 2011, 10:59 am

    From Jonas Salk to JINSA and the ADL….my how the mighty have fallen

  14. jayn0t on December 3, 2011, 11:35 am

    Imagine how an ordinary, non-leftist American would read this article. It claims, since September 11th, “America’s Israel lobby exploited the climate of hysteria”. No, it’s not ‘hysteria’. It’s a perfectly natural reaction to the murder of 2,977 people by terrorists – expecting the authorities to redouble their efforts to prevent terrorism.

    The article is not as absurd the claims of Noam Chomsky and Stephen Zunes that American influence corrupts Israel. But it doesn’t really demonstrate that it’s the other way round. Israel IS “the Harvard of anti-terrorism”, so how could you expect the US authorities not to try to learn from it?

    Despite having learned from Israel, it’s not true that policing here is like what happens in the apartheid state. They don’t do ethnic profiling at US airports, because, though it would be convenient, it’s illegal. Blumenthal is right to raise questions about the surveillance of Muslims, but this is again a natural reaction of cops to terrorism. They will spy on people for ‘driving while Muslim’ if they are allowed to – not because they seethe with Islamophobia as a result of Jewish influence, but because it makes their job easier. Sure, it should be challenged, but in the US, it can be challenged, whereas in Israel, racial and religious sectarianism is inherent to the nation’s existence.

    Police repression of students and people camping in parks around the country can hardly be attributed to ‘Israelification’. Its a continuation of traditional American policing, and not as brutal as many examples in the past, none of which had anything to do with Israel either.

    The best argument against Zionist influence in the USA is not liberal whining, but an appeal to American values, and most importantly, interests.

    • Chaos4700 on December 3, 2011, 4:05 pm

      Oh, you stupid right wingers got us into this shit in the first place. Thousands of American soldiers are DEAD because of you, and they died in Iraq because you believed a lie.

      Everything that’s gone bad in the US economy can be traced right back to the repeal of protections that were enacted after the Great Depression. You want to know who caused this? YOU caused it. Sorry for being all lefty and whiny but you’re children are going to be blaming you when they’re homeless and jobless in a defunct “free market” economy, not me.

  15. Justice Please on December 3, 2011, 11:54 am

    I hope that the fastest way to bring down a dictatorship is by forcing it to act where everyone can see it. So keep on occupying and show the world what the US and Israeli and several other governments are really made of!

  16. Walid on December 3, 2011, 12:44 pm

    “A year after Dichter’s speech, he and then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff signed a joint memorandum pledging security collaboration between America and Israel on issues ranging from airport security to emergency planning. ” (Max B.)

    In 2008, 2 years after the above US-Israel memorandum was signed, an almost identical memorandum was signed without fanfare between Canada and Israel. It was kept very quiet because the Canadian public wouldn’t have put up with this kind of underhanded dealing with a foreign country. Some bits and pieces from it as reported by Global Research at the time:

    Nature of the Agreement

    The agreement requires the two countries to “[b]uild on their shared commitment to facilitate and enhance cooperation to protect their respective countries’ population, assets and interests from common threats”.

    What type of border security and control of immigrants is involved?

    How does this impinge upon Canada’s immigration procedures?

    The agreement appears to be built upon a much broader agreement between Canada and the US in the area of Homeland Security. However, it also replicates the pattern of a February 2006 agreement reached between US Homeland Security and Israel’s Ministry of Public Security

    The Israel-Canada agreement has been in the pipeline since Israel’s Public Security Minister Avi Dicter’s October 2007 visit to the US and Canada. Avi Dicter met Stockwell Day last October in Toronto “with the intention on establishing cooperation on homeland security” and counter-terrorism.

    Israel is not part of North America. Canada and Israel do not share a common border. So what is the underlying agenda?

    Will Canada assist Israel in policing its border with Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories?

    Conversely, will Israeli officials assist Canada in ethnic profiling of people (including biometric applications, which is mentioned in the agreement) who visit Canada from the Middle East?

    Will Israeli officials have access to confidential files of Canadians?

    What type of cooperation is envisaged in the areas of prisons and law enforcement? Interrogation techniques? Are Israeli consultants going to help us reorganize our correctional services?

    The agreement would allow officials from the State of Israel, a country on record for its numerous human rights violations acts directed against the people of Palestine and Lebanon, to play a role in Canadian public security. In this regard, will Israeli officials assist the RCMP and CSIS in the profiling of Canadians citizens who are Muslims. This ethnic profiling is already applied at Canadian airports.

    Will Israeli officials assist their Canadian counterparts in dealing with individuals and/or organizations in Canada involved in supporting the rights of Palestinians. Will Israeli officials assist their Canadian counterparts in the domestic “war on terrorism”, which in the post 9/11 period has led to numerous arbitrary detentions on trumped-up charges.

    At the same time, the Declaration establishes a de facto complicit relationship whereby Canadian officials (RCMP, etc) would contribute to assisting Israel in its domestic police and border activities (e.g. Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank), not under the auspices of the United Nations, but directly in cooperation with Israeli police and security officials.

    In fact, Canada’s “contribution” to the policing of Israel’s borders with Gaza and the West Bank is already part of a 300 million dollar aid package in support of the “peace process”. According to Public Safety Canada, “a significant component [of the 300 million will be] devoted to security, including policing and public order capacity-building. This five year commitment will go towards the creation of a democratic, accountable, and viable Palestinian state that lives in peace and security alongside Israel.” (Marketwire, Ottawa, March 24, 2008)

    Following his meeting with his counterpart Avi Dicter, Stockwell Day had meetings on the 24th of March in the West Bank with President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, where issues pertaining to Canada’s peace package, including police training and capacity building were discussed. “I was pleased to meet with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad to discuss public safety issues of mutual interest,” said Minister Day. Stockwell Day also visited a West Bank prison as well as a police training center in Jericho. (Ibid)

    Under the Declaration of Intent, Canada cannot exercise “neutrality” with regard to the Palestinian process. Canada would act as a partner of Israel in all issues of public security in the occupied territories. Moreover, Canadian support channelled to the US-Israeli sponsored Palestinian regime of Mahmoud Abbas will be used to repress Hamas, which is the duly elected government. It will contribute to worsening the situation in the occupied territories.

    Counter-terrorism and Homeland Security

    The issue of “counter-terrorism” is not mentioned explicitly in the Declaration of Intent. The terms of reference, however, suggest that the “war on terrorism” is an integral part of the agreement.

    For full Global Reasearch article and the actual Canada-Israel agreement:

    Since the American version is hard to come by except for a short summary of it on an MFA site, looking up the Canadian version in the above link provides a good general idea of what’s in it. It now appears that the US-Israel agreement has been removed from the Israeli MFA site.

  17. stevieb on December 3, 2011, 2:16 pm

    I’m curious as to Alex Kane’s take on this article. And/or Joshua Holland’s…

  18. proudzionist777 on December 3, 2011, 3:17 pm

    So Max’s cloistered life is now even safer since American law enforcement learned a thing or two from Israeli security forces. Personally. I’d be grateful for the Israeli cooperation.

    As for Occupy Wall Street Movement and law enforcement, what do you want? A return to the days of Kent State and Jackson State?

    • Chaos4700 on December 3, 2011, 5:54 pm

      Safe? Who’s going to keep is safe from the cops? And what are we supposed to do if the police go all the way with “Israelification”, and start surrounding our neigborhoods with concrete barriers, bulldozing our homes and strip-searching our children on their way to school like you do?

      Or is that sort of thing only going to be reserved for Arabs and “Arab lovers,” like in Israel?

    • Chaos4700 on December 3, 2011, 5:55 pm

      And if you haven’t noticed, “Israelification” is a return to the days of Kent State. Your stupid backward country is dragging us backward as well.

      • radii on December 3, 2011, 10:01 pm

        Cops aren’t generally the highest IQ bunch – they seek out those with IQs from 90 to 110 for beat cops

        If they were a little smarter they might compute that, hey, we’re union and the Wall Street/bankster fraud hurt my pension and destroyed my housing values too!

        Smart cops march with the 99% and don’t get paid to be mercenary thugs for banksters

      • dahoit on December 5, 2011, 12:26 pm

        99 % of cops come from the lowest third of graduating HS classes.
        And anybody who wants to grow up to control others is a fascist.It’s inherent.

  19. Clif Brown on December 3, 2011, 4:12 pm

    What a comprehensive and informative piece. It’s what I’ve come to expect from Mondoweiss.

    I was so inspired by it, I decided to send a link to it to the police chief of my city. In my cover letter I mentioned that he may already have some familiarity with the things discussed so should find the reading particularly interesting.

  20. DICKERSON3870 on December 3, 2011, 6:29 pm

    RE: “The Israelification of America’s security apparatus, recently unleashed in full force against the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has taken place at every level of law enforcement” ~ Max Blumenthal

    FOR INSTANCE, SEE: Israel trip an eye-opening experience for Jefferson chief, By Adina Solomon,, 07/18/11

    This summer, Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman went on a two-week trip 6,000 miles away, traveling across Israel with a delegation of state law enforcement officers as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.
    “It was an awesome trip,” he said. “A trip of a lifetime.”
    GILEE, which partners with Georgia State University, sends a different group of Georgia officers every summer to work with Israeli law enforcement and border control.
    Commerce Police Chief John Gaissert and University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson also have gone in past years.

    The object of the program is to learn how Israeli police deal with terrorism every day…
    …After his trip, Wirthman is trying to think one step ahead with the Jefferson Police Department, preparing for the type of threatening situations Israel faces 24 hours a day, he said.
    “Hopefully it’ll never happen, but in this world, ‘never’ isn’t a word,” Wirthman said. “We’re not invincible here.”
    He’s also witnessed how people live their daily lives with the constant menace of terrorism, he said.
    Wirthman met one man who sends each of his children on a different bus to school. In case one of the buses is bombed, only one of his three children will be harmed.
    “I don’t know if I could raise my family under those conditions,” said Wirthman, who has three kids of his own.
    And nobody in Israel grumbles about it, he said. Instead, they have a strong national pride many Americans had only after 9/11, he said…”


    • DICKERSON3870 on December 3, 2011, 6:33 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: Sheriff Ortiz goes to Israel, by Eva Ruth Moravec,, 07/07/11

      (excerpts)…For one week last month, Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz swapped his cowboy hat for a yarmulke as he visited Israel on an organized trip with other law enforcement leaders.
      “I’ve always had an interest in Israel,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “It was a great conference.”
      Ortiz joined 16 other sheriffs, police chiefs and organization heads, including Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, on a week-long trip, courtesy of the Jewish Institute for National Security’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program…
      …Ortiz said he was impressed by Israel Defense Force soldiers, who he said are trained as soldiers and as police officers.
      “If we ever deploy troops along the Texas border, they should have training in being a soldier and in law enforcement,” he said…
      …The junket was Ortiz’s second organized trip to Israel: last year, Bexar County footed the bill to send him to an international conference on homeland security, he said…

      SOURCE –

      P.P.S. LASTLY, SEE: Connect the dots: In ’02, NYPD began training in Israel; 9 years later, spying against NYC Muslims exposed, By Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 10/20/11
      LINK –

  21. DICKERSON3870 on December 3, 2011, 6:45 pm

    RE: “During the Second Intifada, [Avi] Dichter [a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service] ordered several bombings on densely populated Palestinian civilian areas…” ~ Max Blumenthal

    ALSO SEE: The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada, By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

    (excerpt)…The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings. A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.
    This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground.
    All in all, during the second intifada 4546 Palestinians were killed, of whom 882 were children, as against 1044 Israelis, 716 of them civilians, including 124 children…


  22. radii on December 3, 2011, 9:57 pm

    from the moment Bibi went on live US television on 9/11 as the buildings were still smoldering to shamelessly attempt to propagandize the attacks and tie them to the zionists’ struggle with the Palestinians I have deeply resented the israelification of America … it started in that moment, and almost every single law (Patriot Act, etc.) and every security “enhancement” (TSA, groping at airports) has had the stench of israel on it … it’s as if we must go through checkpoints to get on a plane now … the now ubiquitous electronic surveillance in America is pure israeli (remember the Carl Cameron Amdocs reports on FOX News right after 9/11?) and profits israeli companies … our terror experts train in israel … a huge explosion of private security firms has arisen, many with ties to israel

    israel is the LAST country on Earth the United States should emulate with its racism, apartheid, systematic child-murders, religious arrogance, anti-woman policies, spy operation against us, etc etc etc

    • dahoit on December 5, 2011, 12:29 pm

      And how about they knew,absolutely,that Al Qaeda was behind it before the towers fell?They should have told the FBI the evidence,because to this day,the FBI has no concrete evidence of Al Qaedas involvement.
      The biggest scam in American history.

  23. on December 3, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Very good comment, copied from some site.

    “The 10 essential tenets of communism, in the name of the NEW WORLD ORDER
    done – Central banking system
    done – Government controlled education
    done – Government controlled labor
    almost done – Government ownership of transportation and communication vehicles
    headed that way – Government ownership of agricultural means and factories
    headed that way – Total abolition of private property
    test run/mortgage collapse – Property rights confiscation
    ramping up – Heavy income tax on everyone
    ramping up – Elimination of rights of inheritance
    ramping up – Regional planning

    Back in the 1950s, Gorbachev’s predecessor Nikita Khrushchev had seen firsthand how precarious was the edifice of the house that Stalin built on terror and lies. The Soviet model on a cultural level for the people, the most educated, the most intellectual, rejected that model on the cultural level because it does not respect the man, oppresses him spiritually and politically as well as financialy. To Gorbachev’s prime minister Nikolai Ryzhkov, the “moral state of the society” in 1985 was its “most terrifying” feature:

    [We] stole from ourselves, took and gave bribes, lied in the reports, in newspapers, from high podiums, wallowed in our lies, hung medals on one another. And all of this — from top to bottom and from bottom to top. Another member of Gorbachev’s very small original coterie of liberalizers, Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, was just as pained by ubiquitous lawlessness and corruption. He recalls telling Gorbachev in the winter of 1984-1985: “Everything is rotten. It has to be changed.”

    …..the basics of Stalinist repression has leached from Communist Russia into AMERICAS shores, education system, business practices in the guise of efficiencies, in GREEN economics ( global warming hoax and carbon tax ) that is fueling the destruction of the business competitiveness base here in the USA, and all politics at all levels of govt to suppress the common man and destroy the middle class social standing. Being progressive means being totalitarian by the few elite .

    Its a long and scary road for the world . Keep vigilant with prayers and THE TRUTH!!! Or none of us will live to see the day AMERICA is FREE again.”

  24. clenchner on December 4, 2011, 11:26 am

    I think Max is conflating two things. One of them is true, and worthy of attention, and the other is largely false.
    What is true is that Israeli security and counter-terrorism experts have been playing a role in the development of Homeland Security infrastructure and doctrine, from airports to city police departments, to software. There’s all kinds of problems with that, especially the widely perceived notion that if something is ‘Israeli’ then it probably works as advertised.
    What is false is the idea that when it comes to civilian crowd control, or confronting unarmed, citizen protesters in urban space, that Israelis have anything to teach Americans. Americans have much more advanced training and doctrine in these matters, a legacy of the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999, Washington DC 2000, Miami, Philadelphia and New York, all of which saw large demonstrations, use of mass nonviolent civil disobedience, and repressive, illegal and undemocratic acts by mayors and police departments. That experience is what has filtered through – not anything learned from the Israelis.
    The Israelis are truly awful at crowd control, and everyone knows it. That’s why on this very blog, a military leader confessed to being ‘awful at Ghandi stuff’ (I’m paraphrasing from memory). It’s why the investigation commission after the shootings of 13 Israeli Palestinians in 2000 confirmed that the police acted inappropriately (while of course not calling for personal accountability.) Military observers and Palestinian activists alike have long understood that mass nonviolent civil disobedience is one of Israel’s weak spots, because of the military mindset that makes appropriate crowd control such a rarity.
    That someone would conflate these two issues speaks to the strong desire to link issues with fuzzy logic. Want to link Israelification to racism, racial profiling, SWAT team mentality, blurring of terror with other threats? Go ahead. Want to claim that US police are following Israelis lead on civilian protests and crowd control? That’s weak and contradicts what I’ve seen. The US police in American cities are far more violent, ruthless, armored and armed than anything the Israelis do in Israeli cities; the Israeli experience in the Occupied Territories is even less applicable to American civilian protests.

    • Chaos4700 on December 5, 2011, 1:51 am

      Newclench, why do you go out of your way to protect awful Israeli security practices?

  25. howardtlewisiii on December 5, 2011, 12:58 am

    The next time americans feel like having a pissing contest, they should load up and go to Tel Aviv and do it in the street there.

  26. dianeshammas on December 5, 2011, 11:10 am

    the writing was on the wall when I read that in 2008 our Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa after traveling to Israel was enlisting the aid of the IDF. See link below.

  27. LanceThruster on December 5, 2011, 1:20 pm

    For me, the pattern that seems to fit the Israeli model is that individual rights are trumped at any level by the needs of the state, justifications for whatever draconian practices are based on increasingly more brazen lies and transparent propaganda, high-tech measures are virtually without restraint as the state exploits whatever advantage over the masses it can, when the state feels threatened or even worries about a potential threat of being threatened, it tends to unleash state sanctioned violence under the guise of maintaining “order”, this fixation on “order” is claimed as essential to maintaining the republic with all its inherent rights as it proceeds to dismantle those same rights either in plain view or behind the scenes, and anyone at anytime can designated an enemy of the state and all that entails backed by the power of the state take action in direct violation and defiance of the Constitution, conveniently leapfrog concepts of guilt, innocence, or due process on their say so, treats its citizens as guilty and the enemy by default and further demonstrates the blatant hypocrisy and rot from within by exempting themselves from all rules, oversight, and monitoring, though they themselves are the ones most likely to be caught with their hands in the cookie jar while they dismiss any allegations of impropriety with nothing more than hand-waving, and are barely impeded in their avarice even when convictions have been won. If there was ever a group that needed 24/7 surveillance…it’s Congress.

    Government has long been the most successful form of banditry, and no government gives up power willingly. They’ve determined the most useful strategy is to keep the populace bogged down with other concerns (usually day to day survival), and on the defensive as the 180 rule allows them to blame of ills, failings, misfortune, and adversity on the citizens themselves as such misdirection allows them pretend they were merely witnesses to the breakdown, desperately trying to save the day with their wise and masterful leadership, rather than the catalyst (if not direct cause) for the crisis du jour.

    The unraveling of so much that we took for granted in the current state of affairs reminds me of something I saw when the USSR had an exhibit at the LA Convention Center for the 60th anniversary of the Russian revolution. As you walked in, there were stacks of pocket sized booklets of the constitution of the USSR (I’ve still got it stashed somewhere). In reading it, I discovered their constitution also has rights and protections of the same sort specified on our own Constitution.

    It was then I understood that rights can be easily espoused, but when granted only at the pleasure of those the safeguards are meant to protect us from, fear and force are quite effective in preventing us from exercising those rights, as more and more people see for themselves what happens to those who still cling to the outdated expectations that they are still in possession of their rights, when in reality, people have the right to do to you anything which you cannot prevent them from doing to you.

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