Israelizing the American Police, Palestinianizing the American People
The presentation will review the article, Israelizing the American Police, Palestinianizing the American People, by Jeff Halper published by Americans for Middle East Understanding.
In this article, author Jeff Halper discusses:
- The approach(es) needed by a democracy to deal with the threat of terrorism to a country’s homeland security.
- How law enforcement professionals in the U.S. and other nations jointly attend training seminars in the US and Israel, focusing on counter-terrorism training.
- That police and military forces are not independent from each other in Israel, unlike most Western countries. That this has implications for U.S. police whose personnel receive training alongside their Israeli counterparts.
- That Israeli experience and expertise, developed while dealing with Palestinians, are now being exported as training, weapons, and equipment for riot control and surveillance.
Halper warns of the dangers of an increasingly militarized police in a Security State, and he asks us to consider the consequences.
Jeff Halper is an American-born anthropologist who has lived in Israel since 1973. He is the former Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and co-founder of The People Yes! Network. Jeff’s new book is The Decolonization of Palestine – Towards a One – State Solution, available now at bookstores. His earlier books are: War Against the People, An Israeli in Palestine, Between Redemption and Revival. Jeff was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2006.
Photo provided by Jeff Halper under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.