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Pro-Palestinian activists accuse Israel of culpability in police slayings of black Americans

Several pro-Palestinian organizations and activists have accused Israel of culpability in the deaths of Africa-Americans at the hands of US police, following the recent killing of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana by US police forces.

The most egregious example was that of the New York University Students for Justice in Palestine group, which stated in a recent Facebook post that the “genocide” of African-Americans in the US was being perpetrated by those responsible for the “genocide” of Palestinians.

A common theme in such accusations has been to blame Israel for violent police practices in the US due to the counter-terrorism training received by some US police and law-enforcement officials in Israel by the police, army and intelligence agencies.

Many of these claims have focused specifically on one counter-terrorism program run by the Anti-Defamation League, a US organization which combats anti-Semitism and racism, which has taken “200 law enforcement executives” to Israel, according to ADL’s website.

On Thursday last week, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine issued a post on its Facebook page condemning the number of black people killed in by the police in the US, and calling for Palestinians to support African-Americans protesting against such violence.

“We must remember that many US police departments train with the #IsraeliDefenseForces,” the group wrote.

“The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians.”

After generating outrage on Facebook and Twitter, the group issued a new statement saying that it had not meant to accuse Israel of directly killing black Americans but that since some US police personnel have received some training in Israel “The IDF assists the NYPD and other American police departments in their oppression and murder of black people.”

On Friday, Jewish pro-Palestinian activist Alice Rothchild wrote an opinion piece on the anti-Zionist Mondoweiss website also drawing attention to training received by some US law enforcement officials in Israel, and alleged that IDF


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