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.
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.