The Israeli police has branded itself as an anti-terrorism expert, teaching U.S. a trick or two — and America has helped it to get there, some contend.
America’s law enforcement is already seen as heavily militarized, yet as human rights proponents advocate for a community-oriented approach in the face of police brutality, the United States police force continues to receive training from another country known for its militarized tactics: Israel.
According to The Intercept, Israel saw an opportunity to brand its extensive experience with military occupation as a counterterrorist force right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In no time, U.S. law enforcement began looking to the Israeli state for opportunities that led to police exchange programs. With many of these programs being sponsored by groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, countless federal, state, and local police forces across the U.S. have had the opportunity to go to Israel to learn about the country’s policing tactics.