Spanish Police also getting Training from Israel*
Spanish police travel to Israel to get military training, explicitly the training is to be used to control protests and civil unrest, and include combat techniques that are known to be lethal. The government departments involved include the National Police, Civil Police, Regional Catalan Police force, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Interior.
The inappropriateness of the training is illustrated by the amount of ammunition used in the 15 day period. In the course of the two weeks, each participant can fire up-to 2500 rounds of bullets. While currently in Spain the current allocation is 75 per year for armed police. The Spanish public pays for this pleasure, with the courses starting from 4000 euros per person.
Are the Spanish public aware that their citizens are being exposed to techniques similar to those that result in so many Palestinian deaths.
“when your police come back, you become their enemy”
The many harrowing cases of police brutality emerging from the USA show the dangers of a militarised police. Do we want to see this in Europe? Eran Efrati warned that Israel’s training of American police is dangerous. Their methods are developed in a context, where the “citizens” are seen and treated as an enemy to be crushed. As he explains, “when your police come back, you become their enemy”.
Although London’s police have confirmed they are travelling to Israel it is not yet known why.
This reports was largely extracted from the following two videos and a freedom of information requests to the London Metropolitan police.