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Israel and militarization of the US police, by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Today marked the day that the results of Tawjihi (secondary school
matriculation) were released. A lot of people are celebrating, some not (one
girl in Gaza committed suicide after learning she did not pass). But an
uncertain future hangs on these aspiring graduates because in one year we
will have been under foreign military occupation and colonization for 50
years in the West Bank and Gaza and nearly 70 years in the rest of
Palestine. Life goes on in its ups and downs.

The US is at the brink of civil war. The militarization of the US police
has been driven largely by Israel touting the need for “counter-terrorism
training”. That training in which hundreds (perhaps thousands so far) of
senior US police officers travel to our country (Palestine, now under the
regime called “Israel”) to train in the same methods used to quell the
native Palestinians. Those “methods” are not too complicated. They rely on
two elements: brutality and racism. Jewish soldiers and “police” learn and
teach that rights are only for the chosen people and the natives have no
rights. So shoot first then if need be you can ask questions later.  The US
officers trained by Israeli regime officers go back to the USA and train
yet more white officers to be racist.  People are fed-up in the US (now it
has the highest incarceration rate in the world and yet is not safer than
most Western countries). The US public needs to be told the truth about
what is going on here. The militarization of the US police forces must end
and be reversed now. Police should become community policing and reflective
of the diversity of the communities they serve. The Israel lobby should be
at least registered as foreign lobby and curbed when it undermines US
interests. This is the only way to end the precipitous decline of the US.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Africa last week. The
highpoint of his visit was to mark the 40th anniversary of Israeli air raid
on Entebbe airport where a French Airliner had been hijacked and passengers
held hostage. The violation of Ugandan sovereignty and violation of
international law was touted as a success!! The death of one Israeli
soldier (and many Ugandans) allowed his brother, a chronic liar, to become
the current Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu was out trying to sell more
weapons and more divisions in Africa (soon after Israel forcibly kicked out
African refugees). Pushing Ethiopia to build the dam at the Nile sources
hurt Egypt economically and yet the traitor Egyptian foreign minister
visited Israel even as Israeli drones violated Egyptian territories in the
Sinai. Israeli media had praise for Egyptian dictator Sisi. Israel also had
praise for Ugandan ruler (who ruled for 30 years so far) Museveni. Like
many leaders friendly to Israel he is a rambling fool. Here he is welcoming
Netanyahu and referring to Palestine when he meant Israel!

These are Israel’s friends: fools and despots who put interests of Israel
ahead of their own people for short term personal gains.

The occupation of the American Mind is a video about how media is used to
brainwash the American public and serve racist agendas that contradict US
national interest:

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Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine

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