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Modern-day lynchings: an international view

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Yesterday sickening news screamed across social media, emails, and airwaves: a second African-American man was brutally killed by police this week.

In Minneapolis, Philando Castille, a 32 year old black man and popular school nutrition services supervisor, was stopped for a broken tail light with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds and four year old daughter. Minutes later, after he informed police that he had a legal license to carry a weapon and was asked for his wallet, he lay slumped forward in the car bleeding from a spray of police bullets, all documented on Diamond’s cellphone with her surreal narration, broadcast on Facebook to a horrified viral world.

Then Alton Sterling, a 37 year old black man selling DVDs and CDs in front of the Baton Rouge Triple S Food Mart, (which last I checked was not a capital offense), was shot while on the ground, tackled by two large policemen and killed at close range after someone shouted “He’s got a gun!” Louisiana has open carry gun laws, although Sterling would not have qualified due to his criminal record, which also locked him out of most legitimate employment in the state. You might say that whatever prison sentence he had already served never actually ended.

Of note, according to The New Yorker, 7/7/16, “Men with criminal records constitute a third of the unemployed males between ages twenty-five and fifty-four. Sterling earned his living the way untold numbers of men in such circumstances do: vending on the streets.” This is a world where hustling for change has replaced the possibility of legitimate employment and increased the risk of being shot by police. (see Eric Garner and loose cigarettes)

Other critical statistics include the fact that “a black man is thirteen times more likely to be murdered in this country than a white person; eighty-four per cent of the time it involves a firearm.” These statistics evoke the tragic memories of a long list of dead black people including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York, Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Keith Childress in Las Vegas, Bettie Jones in Chicago, the list is long. I suggest you sit with the 102 murdered black folks from 2015: and think about why this is happening. Think about why unarmed black people were killed by police at five times the rate of unarmed white people. Think about the fact that almost no officers were charged and almost none were convicted. What does this say about our society?

This is clearly about racism and politics, the failures of our mental health and prison systems which unfortunately are often one and the same or at least cover for each other’s inadequacies. This is about the school to prison pipeline, our failed educational systems, and lack of opportunity for the have nots in our society. This is about the power of the gun lobbies, social stereotypes, economic injustice, and a failed “war on drugs”. It is about white police men who see black people as inherently dangerous and threatening and who act out of fear, revenge, incitement; who see their jobs less as protecting the public and de-escalating dangerous situations and more as an occupying force in our cities, particularly our ghettos and poorer neighborhoods of color. By frequently demonizing the victim and engaging in a virtual Blue code of silence, this is also about white supremacy in our country.

So why is this essay an international view? I just read that Adalah, the Israeli civil rights organization parallel to our NAACP, recently petitioned the Israeli courts for documents relating to the Israeli police live fire rules of engagement. Although this has been obvious to anyone paying attention, the document now confirms that police officers are authorized to use live fire against stone throwers, sling shots, and fire crackers thrown at officers, moving cars, armored, and armed security forces.

If you are unclear on the concept, here is the translation: Young Palestinian boys and their older brothers and sisters whose lives have been strangled by occupation, who have seen their parents and grandparents humiliated at checkpoints by 20 year old Israeli soldiers, who have watched settlers burn their olive groves and steal their water, who live in the shadows of eight meter high walls that dissect their villages and universities and agricultural lands, can now be shot and killed for throwing a stone.

It’s really as simple as that.

And this compounds the thousands of Palestinian children arrested in the middle of the night, the years of administrative detention, the steady numbers of prison hunger strikers, the growing number of isolated Palestinian youth (even as young as 14) who have been shot for threatening Israeli soldiers which sometimes really happens and sometimes does not, but we will never know since the soldier is both judge and executioner and almost never faces trial. That is how an occupying power behaves; that is how soldiers who view Palestinians as less human and less valuable than their Jewish sisters and brothers and fathers and mothers, approach the occupied and warehoused human beings struggling to survive and flourish under occupation and siege.

So why is this relevant? Since 9/11, at least 300 high ranking US sheriffs and police, FBI, US Customs and Border Protection agents have traveled to Israel to learn through the military justice system how to subdue a population under the guise of fighting terrorism. The focus is on paramilitary and counterinsurgency tactics. Thousands of US police have been trained in Israeli police and military units and it has been reported that the New York City Police Department has opened a branch in Tel Aviv. These efforts have been organized and funded by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange, and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

It is not an accident that equipment frequently used by the Israeli military for (read Palestinian) crowd control, such as tear gas grenades, triple chaser gas canisters, stun grenades and LRAD (long-range acoustic devices), are now part of the US police force armamentarium. This was all exacerbated when the Pentagon and Home Land Security offered surplus military grade equipment to local law enforcement as well. While the carnage in our cities is certainly related to our own history of slavery and modern day racism and lack of gun control, and a host of societal forces, having a police force influenced and trained by an occupying military force that sees another group of brown people (Arabs) as the enemy has certainly heightened the issue. The Israelis have exported their arms, homeland security, and policing “expertise” to places like India, Canada, and China, but the US has as always been their best customer; the parallels between white racism and Jewish supremacy flourish here and abroad.

And today I awoke to another horrific catastrophe: a peaceful protest rally in Dallas ended when snipers shot 12 police, killing five. Revealing a total and frightening ignorance to the many causes for such a tragedy, former Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh hit Twitter:

10 cops shot.
You did this Obama.
You did this liberals
You did this #BLM
Time to defend our Cops. Wake up.

OK everybody get your guns, barricade yourselves, and shoot all those do gooders and brown people destroying the country. A really sensible plan. I suspect Trump will soon be on this bandwagon.

We may learn much more about these snipers. I can only wonder if we are seeing the toxic and tragic consequences for people without adequate mental health care in a polarized, racist country awash in guns who have been brutalized by what has now become our own occupying army.

This post first appeared on Alice Rothchild’s site today. 

Alice Rothchild

Alice Rothchild is a physician, author, and filmmaker who has focused her interest in human rights and social justice on the Israel/Palestine conflict since 1997. She practiced ob-gyn for almost 40 years. Until her retirement she served as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Medical School. She writes and lectures widely, is the author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience, On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion, and Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine. She directed a documentary film, Voices Across the Divide and is active in Jewish Voice for Peace. Follow her at @alicerothchild

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  1. Marnie on July 8, 2016, 2:47 pm

    Horrible news from home. African American men are in great danger in their own homeland by the very people who are supposed to protect and serve. As much as I’d love to blame this on special training by the united states’ most special friends, I really can’t. The fear of African American men is an american tradition and its always been open season on people of color.

    • JWalters on July 9, 2016, 5:01 pm

      Very true. It’s also true that racism (and other forms of otherism) have historically been stoked by the financial elite for their own profit and control. Obama’s election provided the GOP with a bonanza of opportunities to stoke racism, and unleashed a deluge of their winking and nodding. Trump is merely showing plainly the nature of the GOP voter base, on which Wall Street relies. Wall Street can’t repudiate Trump without repudiating what they have so carefully cultivated with their notorious “Southern Strategy”. The link to the perpetually profitable war zone created in Israel shows that the criminal cabal is international.

  2. Jackdaw on July 8, 2016, 3:07 pm

    A split second decision by a nervous cop defies comparison to any lynching.

    • MHughes976 on July 9, 2016, 1:31 pm

      While I don’t think ‘split second’ is entirely the right phrase, since the protagonists in these incidents have prepared themselves for some time, I agree that this isn’t really about crowd control or about Israeli methods . It doesn’t have the up to the minute air of technological supremacy that crowd control with miraculous hearing devices does. It’s more the technology and tensions, race based and class based, of the 1930s resurfacing or showing that they never went away.
      Lynchings, in the usual understanding, are the work of angry and frightened mobs, not of individuals making sudden decisions.
      If a situation has arisen where it is regarded as either likely or legitimate that lives be ended by a sudden decision or be ended to make a point then that situation is wrong and should not have arisen.

  3. just on July 8, 2016, 4:15 pm

    A searingingly honest and important article that connects the terrible dots.

    Thank you Doctor Rothchild~ for everything you do.

    I often wonder why sound mental healthcare is so underfunded/unappreciated/unnoticed. I think most folks could use a checkup~ not for a label, but to talk with a caring professional who actually gets ‘it’. Perhaps society and friends can and need to step up to the plate of caring for one another in lieu of pros and in the face of stigma associated with mental health care.

    • gamal on July 8, 2016, 6:20 pm

      “but to talk with a caring professional who actually gets it ”

      but just do you remember when we used to give a shit about each other, working class people be they black or white understand we must stand together, talk to each other, care for each other, let others judge.

      • RoHa on July 9, 2016, 2:53 am

        “do you remember when we used to give a shit about each other, ”

        But you try telling that to the young people of today…

  4. Bumblebye on July 8, 2016, 4:46 pm

    Another Joe Walsh tweet that’s everywhere, written apparently when the figs were 3 dead and 7 wounded is far more inflammatory. Can only quote as I’ve only seen screenshots on fb:

    “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

    Incitement to racist murder.

    • Marnie on July 9, 2016, 12:25 am

      ‘Real America is coming after you’. The Real America that is fond of wearing sheets and pointy hats? That america? The americans that do the bidding of elected officials who are too clever to be as out there as Joe Walsh or Drumpf, but respond to the dog whistles of all the others?

      I am worried about Pres. Obama and his family when their address is no longer 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

      These statements by Walsh should have HRC freaked out; she wants a united front to fight her next war at israel’s bidding, not another american civil war monger like this.

  5. Spring Renouncer on July 8, 2016, 5:47 pm

    Poor brown and black men and women are used to kill other people of color in Iraq and Afghanistan etc. They then come home to a society which murders and impoverishes their own families. The result is inevitable violence.

  6. eljay on July 8, 2016, 6:15 pm

    I like the other Joe Walsh better.

  7. Citizen on July 9, 2016, 1:50 am

    I read only 2% of police encounters in the USA result in gun fire; and in 82% of those cases the suspect was armed with a gun. Just saying.

  8. Citizen on July 9, 2016, 2:26 am

    Are US cops trigger-happy? Some context, comparisons, stats 2 offset the main media’s entertainment on this subject:

    • maggiesager on July 9, 2016, 3:30 pm

      I’m confused by your link. Reading through it, it seems those who present statistics do so in order to prove the point that US police are indeed trigger happy (a fact also supported by the number of people killed by US police each year, per capita), whereas those on the other side of the debate use anecdotal evidence, conjecture, or rely on their personal experiences as officers, e.g. I was a cop and I didn’t fire my weapon when I didn’t need to. What did I miss?

      • Mooser on July 9, 2016, 6:11 pm

        ” Reading through it…/…What did I miss?”

        Nothing, not a thing. Seems to me you got it.

    • Bumblebye on July 9, 2016, 5:41 pm

      I originally read this as long ago as last year, but the copy here is dated only a couple of days ago. It posits that there are 15% good cops, 15% bad and 70% in the middle who could go either way, depending on who they’re working with, or who among the 15% has the outsize influence:

      (ah – the url gives may last year. It’s worth a read – author’s an ex cop, theory from a trainer)

  9. Marnie on July 9, 2016, 2:51 am

    One Shooter; No Snipers—Grossly Inaccurate Police and Media Information About Dallas Killings

    The misinformation spread public fear of a nonexistent cabal of snipers, and attacked Black Lives Matter.
    By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet
    July 8, 2016

    The mainstream media in the U.S. and abroad badly botched the reporting of the Dallas police shooting that killed five officers Thursday, egged on by speculation by police sources that a team of snipers was bent on avenging the killing of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana by white cops the day before.

    Even after the Dallas Morning News changed its headline Friday afternoon to read, “Dallas sniper was loner, Army vet with stash of arms, bomb parts at home,” the article’s second paragraph said, “Four Dallas police officers and a DART officer were shot and killed in a coordinated sniper attack that followed a Thursday night protest.”

    The incorrect sniper meme was repeated internationally, such as this headline from the British Mirror, “Dallas police shooting: ‘Black Power group’ claims responsibility for police killings and warns of more assassinations to come.”

    Meanwhile, in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told reporters, “there appears to have been one gunman,” Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, who had “no known links to or inspiration from any international terrorist organization.”

    The team-of-snipers theory, nonetheless, was repeated in media accounts, including with police-attributed information that multiple snipers positioned themselves on elevated ground to triangulate and hit their targets. What had happened instead was Johnson, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan, used armed combat shooting techniques from a position on the ground to shoot cops one by one.

    In the fog of this domestic battleground, it is understandable that the police did not have a clue about what was really going on as the events rapidly unfolded. But the message and framing that they allowed to get out perpetuated the stereotype of a cabal of heavily armed black snipers launching a domestic version of a race war.

    And it didn’t stop there. Other media reports claimed that the shooter was upset about the Black Lives Matter movement, which, beyond being a blurry assertion that makes little sense, was also wrong. The shooter was upset about cops killing black people.

    While it does not reflect well on the Dallas police that one man could kill five cops and wound half a dozen others (and two civilians), then get away and keep police at bay for hours in a parking garage, the combined initial messaging by the police and press wasn’t just wrong, it perpetuated racist stereotypes that are tied to the systemic prejudices and racial profiling in the criminal justice system that led to the unnecessary police killings that sparked this entire episode of grisly mayhem.”

    I had read a headline by BBC that could have been something from the 50s or 60s about Black ‘sniper’ wants to kill white people. And the storm of misinformation that continued, with the wrong Joe Walsh talking about “This is war”, etc. I cannot believe how fearful the white powerstructure is of non-white america. No wonder the zionist state and america are joined at the hip, they’re basically the same.

    One true statement was expressed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) in response to questioning whether Castile would have been shot had he been white.

    “Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and the passengers, were white?” Dayton said. “I don’t think it would have. … I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists.” Unfortunately, this honesty was seen as something else:

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The morning after Minnesota’s governor said Philando Castile ended up dead during a traffic stop in part because he was black — and after five police officers were killed during a shooting attack in downtown Dallas — the head of a national police organization said law enforcement officers across the country are distraught, angry and anxious.

    “I think right now, the overriding emotion collectively is one of sadness, I think it’s one of anger and I think it’s one of resignation in the sense that I still have a job to do,” Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, told The Washington Post on Friday. “But there’s got to be a fear, a concern, that because of the job, because of the uniform I wear, I’m being targeted.”

    Johnson also said that police, who have been caught in the outcry surrounding two fatal shootings of black men less than 48 hours apart, “feel unfairly painted with a broad brush.”

    Mr. Johnson, now you might have an inkling of what it feels like to be a person of color in 21st century america. Oh, the irony. How unfair. You fear you’re being targeted because of your job and your uniform.

    • Atlantaiconoclast on July 10, 2016, 3:25 pm

      Well the media has more than made up for whatever story they initially peddled . On every network, there are disproportionately Black voices who are NEVER challenged, except only rarely so on Fox New, about their critical race theory based assumptions. It is a disgrace and is poisoning the minds of so many Black people. Of course they are angry, they are being brainwashed to blame all their problems on “white supremacism,” whatever that is.

      • annie on July 10, 2016, 4:04 pm

        they are being brainwashed to blame all their problems on “white supremacism,” whatever that is.


      • Mooser on July 10, 2016, 4:46 pm


        And all “Atlantaiconoclast” has to do to back up his contentions is refer to “Simalcuz” posts. That’s pretty simple.

      • Marnie on July 11, 2016, 12:34 am

        Go back to sleep atlanta.

      • Mooser on July 11, 2016, 10:48 am

        “Go back to sleep atlanta.”

        “Marnie”, he hasn’t got time to sleep.
        He’s too busy smashing icons.

    • Boo on July 11, 2016, 10:22 am

      The “sniper” meme indeed highlights the slapdash journalism of today’s media, which latches onto a term and repeats it ad infinitum without a moment’s thought as to its accuracy.

      “Sniper” is hardly an appropriate term for someone who opens fire with a Russian assault weapon, firing as fast as he can pull the trigger, emptying oversize magazines one after another in an attempt to create the proverbial “wall of lead”. That is no “sniper”.

      A sniper, e.g., would be whitebread ex-Marine Charles Whitman, who 50 years ago almost to the day climbed the “Texas Tower” at the University of Texas – Austin. Who, with a hunting rifle and scope, slew 13 and wounded 31 others before firing his final shot.

      We should also fact-check the media statement that this was “apparently the first police use of a bomb delivered by a robot”. First, it was not an independent “robot” but an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) controlled by a human. And we shall see, when police robots do arrive, whether Asimov’s First Law was nothing but an idealist’s pipedream!

      Second, they seem to have forgotten 1985, when the Philadelphia police helicopter (piloted by a human) dropped two homemade bombs on MOVE’s home/headquarters rowhouse. The explosion and ensuing fire killed eleven MOVE members — including five children — burned 65 buildings to the ground and left more than 250 homeless.

      Perhaps this is why police departments have avoided the use of military ordnance since then? In any event, it seems they also anticipated Assad’s much-beloved “barrel bombing” tactic by a good thirty years and should take credit where due.

      • echinococcus on July 11, 2016, 10:59 am


        I share your interest in accuracy and relevance.
        You sure will have no objection to explaining exactly what “barrel bombing” is, how it is different in “technique” than other kinds of bombing, why you invoked just that as the most relevant comparison to the Philadelphia police bombing, and why it was necessary to introduce Assad into this picture (on a web site where the Syrian war is the main apple of discord) to achieve a proportionate and accurate description. Thank you.

  10. Rooster on July 9, 2016, 8:33 am

    Thank you, Dr. Rothchild, for a fine article that spells out the rotten fruits of the resonance between Israeli and American law enforcement upon minorities…

    …though in America’s case, blacks are approximately 10% of population, and were forced immigrants with relative recent de jeure equality, awaiting de facto.

    Palestinians are >50% of population, natives, de jeure third-class citizens/citizenship denied outright, whose subhumanity is taken as given in Knesset speeches.

    And yet, insanely, it is America seeking instruction FROM Israel on population control. To me, it is part of the same pathology that is causing a substantial amount of the American population to reveal an appetite for a fascist dictator as leader (as Trump supporters outright, and as HRC supporters who refuse to scrutinize their own candidate’s appalling methodology of value-agnostic power maintenance).

    It is the same pathology that allows the Progressive-Except-Palestine oxymoron mindset to exist: a subconscious presumption of subhumanity in the other, requiring barbaric treatment to preserve “civilization.”

    It is the same crazy pathology that not only accomodates, but VALUES, Elie Wiesel’s apartheid-application of anti-discrimination. A national blind spot regarding an individual’s blind spot (though “blind spot” implies FAR too much passivity).

    As America confronts its own accomodation of racism inherent in treatment of blacks, one must hope that it questions the systematic dehumanization inherent in police training courtesy of Israel, and realizes that a tree built upon and maintained upon a steady diet of colonialism bears toxic fruit.

    • italian ex-pat on July 9, 2016, 10:38 pm

      @ Rooster

      I agree with everything you say, except I question your statement that “it is America seeking instructions FROM Israel on population control”. It would seem that it’s the other way around.

      According to Dr. Rothchild, and after a quick Google search which confirms her words, it is not the American government which sponsors these training trips for selected members of US law enforcement agencies, but rather some private, non-government organizations; three are actually named, all Jewish-American NGOs. And I have to wonder what exactly is their interest in funding the training of American civilian police in the warfare methods of the Israeli army. Because, if I understand it correctly, it is not the Israeli civilian police they are getting instructions from.

  11. captADKer on July 9, 2016, 12:20 pm

    we have learned more about the solitary sniper. in part he was strongly motivated by the white racist, anti semitic, anti cop manifesto of the New Black Panther Party which is also aligned with BLM and BDS movements. i trust this conflation of facts lend stronger explanation for the actions of a deranged coward than israel’s effective and exported methodology of crowd and border control. btw it has recently been reported that in addition to multiple african nations seeking secuity/agronomy/ technical advancements, india has purchased israeli technology to securely monitor more than four hundred miles of fencing between itself and pakistan. all examples of israel’s color blind international unified and humanitarian bonds.

    • annie on July 9, 2016, 2:03 pm

      New Black Panther Party which is also aligned with BLM and BDS movements.

      New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPP) is a U.S.-based black political organization founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1989. Despite its name, NBPP is not an official successor of the Black Panther Party.[2] Members of the original Black Panther Party have insisted that the newer party is illegitimate and have firmly declared, “There is no new Black Panther Party”.[2]

      NBPP is not affiliated BPP, what information do you have they are aligned w/BLM or BDS? anything? or is this just your opinion?

    • echinococcus on July 9, 2016, 2:11 pm

      Let’s see proof of “antisemitism”, slanderer.

      • echinococcus on July 10, 2016, 4:51 pm

        Capt. Cacker, or whatever your complicated moniker,

        Hit-and-run? You throw there some “antisemitism” nonsense and go away without cleaning the doo-doo?
        Waiting for either proof or apologies.

        Don’t tell me that you are, like Hopfmi and Fredman, one of those who when spat at say “nice, refreshing rain”.

    • Lillian Rosengarten on July 11, 2016, 12:57 pm

      Capt: Your words simply inflame and divide. You are misinformed . Israel’s methods of control are illegal, violent and criminal. To adopt their methods of “control” has fueled more violence and anger in this country. One cannot build humanitarian bonds with fences and violence . This vet is a tragic example of the failure of continuous illegal wars that blow up countries and kill. That in itself creates killers , hi numbers of suicide and severe mental illness. These vets learn to be killers and that is the antithesis of life as it should be.

  12. Steve Grover on July 9, 2016, 1:36 pm

    Nothing unusual here for Alice Rothchild to blame every problem in the universe on Israel. She is blue and white washing.

    • Mooser on July 9, 2016, 6:01 pm

      “She is blue and white washing.”

      Uh, “Stevie” you might want to get the “____washing” concept right before you try and flip it around. You flopped.

      • Steve Grover on July 9, 2016, 9:17 pm

        Yeah Mooser…Rothchild even blamed the massacree that occurred at Alice’s Restaurant on Israel.

      • James North on July 10, 2016, 8:49 am

        Mooser: You’ve gone too far with the sock puppet.

      • Mooser on July 10, 2016, 12:19 pm

        “Mooser: You’ve gone too far with the sock puppet.”

        Please , you have got to help me, I can’t help myself. All the poison and resentment in me comes out through the “Steve Grover” sock-puppet, it’s a compulsion.
        And sock-puppeting is a banning offense.

        I’ll miss playing “Grover”, but you must protect the site.

      • Mooser on July 10, 2016, 12:57 pm

        “I’ll miss playing “Grover”, but you must protect the site.”

        And to be truthful, “MaxNarr” and his brilliant, pitch-perfect parody-Zionist has shown me how inadequate my “Steve Grover” character is.

  13. wondering jew on July 9, 2016, 1:48 pm

    This post smells of “All evil comes from Israel.” Maybe connecting the dots from one evil to another makes for a good sermon to some believers, but it plays to nonbelievers like silliness or worse.

    • oldgeezer on July 9, 2016, 2:46 pm


      Yeah sure. Except she doesn’t say that if you bother to read the article before invoking your reflexive strawman defense of a racist apartheid state.

    • Mooser on July 9, 2016, 5:55 pm

      “This post smells of …/…or worse.”

      “Yonah” you always say the most surprising things.
      So you think the article is “silliness or worse”?
      I’m shocked and disappointed, but it’s only fair, you couldn’t keep up your unstinting praise and boundless enthusiasm for Mondo articles forever.

  14. Keith on July 9, 2016, 3:57 pm

    ALICE ROTHCHILD- “Since 9/11, at least 300 high ranking US sheriffs and police, FBI, US Customs and Border Protection agents have traveled to Israel to learn through the military justice system how to subdue a population under the guise of fighting terrorism.”

    Jeff Halper writes about this in his book “War Against the People.” Israel has developed a niche market in the area of population control utilizing techniques developed to control the Palestinians. This is a growing field as police forces are being militarized and turned into occupation forces controlling their domestic population as neoliberalism produces discontent and resistance. Additionally, giving hiring preference to former military who served as US occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan tends to exacerbate the problem (our problem, the elite plan). These ex-military tend to view the civilian population as dangerous threats, and to quickly resort to “spray and pray” when in doubt. Notice how these civilians are shot multiple times. We live in dangerous times which will likely get worse as the sorrows of empire come home to roost.

  15. Atlantaiconoclast on July 10, 2016, 3:35 pm

    I do agree that our police have been too quick to shoot in our post 9/11 world. And yes, I agree that we have borrowed much from the Israelis in the way we treat our suspects of all races.

    • Theo on July 11, 2016, 8:22 am

      Great, keep on agreeing that a lot of problems we have originated in Israel and we may just be on the road for a better understanding the situation we are in.

      My solution would be; send all israeli citizens back home, remove all double citizens from government and other sensetive post, stop providing Israel with weapons, finances and political support and stop waging wars to support the hegemony of the zionists in the Middleeast.
      In addition, any US citizen, who joins that most democratic army, the IDF, should be charged with treason to their land.
      Not to forget, any politician or government employee, who gets orders from zionist sources and works against the interests of their own country, should be investigated and fired from their position, in case of proven treason should be jailed for life!
      Drastic? Sure it is, however in case of a breast cancer you either cut out the poisoned parts or you just die. The same can happen to a country, we are on the way to a dictatorial system with fascistic features. You may have all the weapons you want, but go to jail if you excercise other rights provided by law.

      • Boo on July 11, 2016, 10:36 am

        I’d offer only one small correction, namely to change “breast cancer” to “brain cancer” as it is well known that Israeli corporations have become the new trainers of police “brains”. And we should venerate rather than impugn breasts since, after all, we libruls have imbibed “antisemitism” with our mothers’ milk, amirite?

  16. Lillian Rosengarten on July 11, 2016, 12:40 pm

    One sniper, a troubled vet and a robot to blow him up . Militarized police trained by Israeli military , dehumanized guerrilla warfare . The US humanity button is turned off permanently as we emulate and support a violent regime to create our own violent country. This can only erupt into more censorship, repression and violence . Trump and the rest of the Republican wannabe’s symbolize a profound shift in the US towards moral corruption and a failure to thrive. Thank you Alice. Your piece should be on the front page of the NYTimes . The media covered this in a deplorable , sensational manner, for brutality brings more viewers.

  17. ritzl on July 12, 2016, 10:23 am

    I hope someone takes the next step in documenting Israel’s negative effect on US policing and specifically points out which cities with these “street execution is acceptable practice” policies (and maybe even which officers) have had Israeli training.

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