Every year the ADL sends U.S. police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI to Israel for an exchange of worst practices with Israeli military and police forces through a program called the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar. Participants in the programs visit checkpoints, settlements, prisons, and other sites of Israel’s worst human rights violations against Palestinians, all under the guise of “learning from Israel’s counter-terrorism expertise.”
What’s wrong with ADL police exchange?
In these programs, tactics, and ideologies are shared that amplify discriminatory, repressive policing practices that already exist in both countries, including extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders. They reinforce policing that approaches whole populations—including Arab, Muslim, Black, immigrant, low-income, and other communities—as inherently threatening, views neighborhoods as enemy turf, and makes policing a key tool for gentrification.