[News] Israeli police teach schoolchildren how to shoot Palestinians
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Wed May 2 10:30:04 EDT 2018
Israeli police teach schoolchildren how to shoot Palestinians
Ali Abunimah <https://electronicintifada.net/people/ali-abunimah> - 2
Israeli police planned to teach children how to shoot at Palestinians as
part of a training exercise in a school.
The incident in the Menashe Regional Council, near Haifa in northern
present-day Israel, was brought to light in recent days when Palestinian
citizens of Israel took photos of what was happening.
Jamal Zahalka <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/jamal-zahalka>, a
member of the Israeli parliament from the Joint Arab List
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/joint-list>, is demanding an
into the training sponsored by the Israeli police and the education
ministry, which he said “prepares students psychologically to kill Arabs.”
One photo shows a person – most of their body blurred with a black
marker – using a paintball gun to fire at cutouts of men and women
wearing checkered /kuffiyeh/ headscarves that are associated with
Zahalka made his demand in a letter to public security minister Gilad
Erdan <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/gilad-erdan>, according to
the publication /Arab48/.
The activity in Menashe Regional Council is part of widespread training
of children by police in Israeli schools, according to /Arab48./
In 2011, the newspaper /Haaretz/ reported
<https://www.haaretz.com/1.5146107> on how a group of Israeli high
school students from Herzliya took part in a simulated shooting attack
at a military base “in which the targets were figures decked out with
the Arab /kuffiyeh/ headdress.”
One source told /Haaretz/ that the exercise, which was also supported by
the education ministry, was tantamount to “educating toward hatred of
The training in the Menashe Regional Council school is also reminiscent
of an incident last year
in which Israeli police put on a demonstration for a group of
fifth-graders for how to “confirm a kill” – in other words how to
perpetrate an extrajudicial execution.
And early this year, American comedian Jerry Seinfeld visited a training
center in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank where tourists
are given demonstrations on how to kill Arabs
And in a disturbing parallel in 2015, police in North Miami Beach,
Florida, were found to be using photos of African American men
for target practice at a shooting range.
Separate and unequal
Zahalka noted that the incident occurred in Menashe Regional Council,
which bills itself as a paragon of coexistence between Jewish and
Palestinian citizens of Israel
There are approximately 1.5 million Palestinian citizens of Israel. They
are the survivors and their descendants
of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
Unlike Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, they hold
Israeli citizenship and a right to vote, but nonetheless live under
dozens of laws <https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/7771> that
discriminate against them because they are not Jewish.
Israel operates a separate
school system for Jewish and Arab students.
Anti-Arab incitement and indoctrination is endemic in schools
for Jewish children from the earliest grades.
Proud to kill
The Israeli police said
<https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5245501,00.html> that the
targets in the Menashe Regional Council school had been set up as part
of an activity day to teach children “about good citizenship” and that
to “engender interest among participants, a paint gun station was erected.”
“Before the activity began, the activity’s commanders and the school
staff noticed the matter and hid the images, and no children saw them
during the activity itself,” the police claimed.
The education ministry also called the use of the targets, according to
the publication /Ynet/, a “serious mishap.”
Zahalka also wrote to Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett calling
for those responsible for organizing the shooting training to be punished.
He stated that it was unacceptable for the ministry to merely cancel the
activity without seeking accountability, and to try to shift the blame
to the police alone.
Zahalka quipped that had a similar activity taken place in a school run
by the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
“would have demanded a meeting of the UN Security Council.”
Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky, an Israeli college lecturer, expressed shock
at the training, tweeting, “This is the type of thing you see in history
books and wonder how it could be allowed to go on.”
מסוג הדברים שרואים אח"כ בספרי ההיסטוריה, ואתה לא מצליח להבין איך
נתנו לדברים כאלה לעבור pic.twitter.com/XN936KZMwd
— Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky (@NadavPerez) April 29, 2018
Yet this is only a small part of what the so-called international
community is allowing Israel to do with impunity
The European Union, for instance, which never ceases to issue reminders
of the importance of learning “lessons from the past
is currently pretending not to see
how Israel is deliberately massacring unarmed civilians besieged in the
And there is little chance of accountability, since the incitement comes
from the top, with Israeli ministers regularly calling
for or applauding
Naftali Bennett, the education minister, himself notoriously declared
in 2013, “I have killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there is no
problem with that.”
Last December, Belgium’s KU Leuven university announced
that it would end its role in an EU-funded “research” project carried
out in partnership with Israeli police.
“The participation of the Israeli public security ministry indeed poses
an ethical problem taking into account the role which the strong arm of
the Israeli government plays in enforcing an unlawful occupation of the
Palestinian territories and the associated repression of the Palestinian
population,” university rector Luc Sels explained.
In light of Israel’s ongoing premeditated killing and maiming
of unarmed protesters
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/great-march-return> in Gaza,
Palestinian activists recently renewed their calls
<https://bdsmovement.net/Gazalandday> for an international arms embargo
on Israel, including a ban on cooperation and joint training with
Israel’s police and military.
In a major victory for this campaign <https://deadlyexchange.org>,
Durham, North Carolina, recently became the first city in the US to pass
such a ban
“What the Israeli police did is not that unusual, especially in the
current atmosphere of racism against Arabs,” Zahalka wrote.
“In any case, the Israeli police do not require such an atmosphere as
their record is full of disregard for the lives of Arab citizens, whom
they continue to treat as enemies and not as citizens.”
Zahalka concluded that firing on cutouts of Arab citizens “falls within
the racist policies of Netanyahu and his government, and therefore
everyone is called upon to confront this racism until it is defeated.”
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