Durham, NC City Council Meeting Regarding Police Policy
and Training in Israel
Carolina becomes first U.S. city to bar police from training in
Israel and any other country with militarized police. The statement presented to the Durham City Council, led by Mayor Schewel,
was approved unanimously at their April 16, 2018 meeting.
Schewel presided over an open forum where everyone was given a
chance to say what they wanted. Mayor Schewel is Jewish.
JVP’s deputy director Ari Wohlfeiler stated in a press release:
Starbucks will never say it publicly, but because of the huge public
outcry about the ADL’s unyielding pro-Israel position,
their refusal to
condemn police violence, their incessant Islamophobia, and the
convergence of all those retrograde positions
in their active
facilitation of US/Israeli police exchange programs, Starbucks had no
choice but to demote them.
[Note, Schewel's comments are directed
primarily to the Jewish Voice for Peace, which is in favor of the
and to Voice for Israel,
which is opposed to the policy statement. He has reasoned criticism
for statements coming from both organizations, though,
significantly, it should be noted that the statements he
criticizes are not "official" statements of the organizations.]
paragraph of Mayor Schewel's wrap-up statement
“I am a Jew. I am a Zionist. I believe in
the existence of the state of Israel. I fear for its survival.
But I know the terrible traumas visited on us as a people, we
are now visiting on the others in Gaza and in the West Bank. And
to me not only are our mortal souls in danger because of that,
but I also believe that the survival of the Jewish state is
dependent on doing justice to the Palestinians and I do not
believe that we are. And when I say “we”, I include myself. So,
that is the context in which I view this statement. And I
appreciate everything I have heard tonight."
Articles about the Policy Statement
[The Associated Press article appears
in more than 30 news outlets, including the Times, Post and