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Police during the 2009 G20 Pittsburgh Summit (Photo: Wikimedia)

A lot of attention has been directed recently at the “training” American police receive from Israel. The point, however, is not that Israel has made US police more violent. Rather, Jeff Halper argues, it was the example of the Israeli Security State, with ready-made doctrines, para-military structures, and weaponry, that has influenced the construction of a similar American Security State.

George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police on May 25 has caused many to liken American policing methods to Israeli occupation policing, and to point out that US police have gotten training from Israeli officials under the sponsorship of Israel lobby organizations. The ADL sponsors such trainings, even as it says George Floyd murder exposes “systemic” racism in the U.S.