Expert: Accusations that Israel Is to Blame for U.S. Police Brutality Are Untrue and Anti-Semitic

(Algemeiner) Benjamin Kerstein - Former assistant FBI director Steven L. Pomerantz is head of the Law Enforcement Exchange Program at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), one of the most successful exchange programs between American and Israeli law enforcement personnel. He told Algemeiner on Wednesday that the program, which brings U.S. police officers to Israel to study counter-terrorism methods, "began as a direct result of 9/11 at the specific request of senior law enforcement officers" and included "no hands-on training and no tactical training." Pomerantz said "recent programs have included subjects such as improving relations between law enforcement agencies and minority communities, and recruiting in minority communities." He added that some officials "have stated that their communities are safer places because of what they learned in Israel." He saw attacks on such programs as an "opportunistic" move on the part of "individuals and organizations hostile to Israel and involved in the larger BDS movement," adding that "there is certainly an element of anti-Semitism in this effort."

2020-06-11 00:00:00

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