'Apartheid Policies Don't Fight Crime': Ireland's Police Faces Backlash for Cooperation With Israel

Published January 26th, 2021 - 08:26 GMT
'Apartheid Policies Don't Fight Crime': Ireland's Police Faces Backlash for Cooperation With Israel
Many Irish social media users took to Twitter calling on the Garda to refuse cooperation with Israeli government entities. (Shutterstock: abd)

Several Irish human rights organizations and activists have openly criticized plans of the Irish police to take part in an EU security project in cooperation with Israel's Ministry of Public Security, citing human rights violations and Apartheid policies maintained by the Israeli government in Palestinian territories.

Online calls have been urging the Irish police, also known as, Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland to withdraw from the ROXANNE research project (Real time network, text, and speaker analytics for combating organized crime), hoping that both organizations "realize that Israeli policies against Palestinians constitute major violations of basic human rights, ones that promote discrimination and arbitrary arrests against the Palestinian population."

The call, started by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, highlighted earlier decisions taken by Portugal’s Ministry of Justice and Belgium’s University of Leuvenboth to withdraw from similar EU projects due to the presence of the Israeli ministry.

Consequently, many Irish social media users took to Twitter calling on the Garda to refuse cooperation with Israeli government entities; saying that their Apartheid and military occupation policies against Palestinians will not be of major help to the Irish police, which is meant to tackle crime.

Last year, reports of joint training between US police departments and Israeli military organizations were uncovered in light of the brutal killing of George Floyd in May 2020, which had ignited a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the US and Europe.


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