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The Petition  fromDemilitarize! From Durham2Palestine
TO DURHAM MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
(https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/demilitarize-from-durham2palestine?clear_id=true)

BACKGROUND

The Israeli Defense Forces and the Israel Police have a long history of violence and harm against Palestinian people and Jews of Color.
 They persist in using tactics of extrajudicial killing, excessive force, racial profiling, and repression of social justice movements. Such tactics have been condemned by international human rights organizations for violating the human rights of Palestinians.

These tactics further militarize U.S. police forces that train in Israel, and this training helps the police terrorize Black and Brown communities here in the US. Additionally, such practices erode our constitutional rights to due process, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly.  Durham officials -- including former Chief Lopez and current Chief Davis -- have participated in these racist police exchange programs.

PETITION
We are members of Durham’s community committed to peace and justice from Durham to Palestine. We want to live in a Durham
that ensures true collective safety for all, and so we demand that the City of Durham immediately halt any partnerships that the
Durham Police Department has or might enter into with the Israeli Defense Forces and/or the Israel Police.