The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in the US State of Minnesota has been drawing growing worldwide attention, especially as protests in the US and several countries around the world continue to take place, demanding justice for black people.
As photos of the killing of George Floyd and many other African Americans by the police spread online, Middle Eastern commentators were reminded of similar violations committed by the Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinians over the years.
#GeorgeFloyd— pdjmoo (@pdjmoo) June 1, 2020
The knee-on-neck, long a staple of #Israel’s occupation of #Palestine ?Amnesty Int’l warned hundreds of police depts have been training in Israel alongside military officers, who “have racked up documented human rights violations for years.”https://t.co/0bUrPjOaLf
Social media users shared various photos of several unarmed Palestinian young men who experienced similar use of force, highlighting the remarkable resemblance between what could be described as "politically or racially motivated attitudes" amongst policemen.
Iyad Hallak, 32, was on his way to school in Jerusalem's Old City this morning, when Israeli forces confronted, chased, & killed him (reports say 7-8 shots were fired).— Ben White (@benabyad) May 30, 2020
Family: this was murder.https://t.co/uTDV4vsochhttps://t.co/VI9AJZABkohttps://t.co/CPQMPn4KUi pic.twitter.com/isWZLqPQ3U
Last Saturday, the Israeli press reported the killing of Iyad Hallak, a 32-years-old man with Autism, who was shot dead miles away, when he didn't respond to police orders at a checkpoint in Jerusalem. Investigations conducted later on revealed that the police suspected his cell phone for "a harmful device" prompting them to shoot at least 7 bullets at Hallak.
YESTERDAY: Palestinian and Israeli activists demonstrate in #Tel_Aviv against the killing of Iyad Hallak, 32 - a Palestinian man with autism who was shot dead by Israeli forces in #Jerusalem over suspicion of carrying a gun. No weapon was found at the scene. Photos by A.S. pic.twitter.com/WT31KcAh19— Activestills (@activestills) May 31, 2020
Social media activists linked the incredible similarities in aggressive police behaviors in both the US and Israel to the long history of cooperation and joint-training held between police departments in the two countries, arguing that "police officers could be encouraged to commit human rights abuses against minorities, or at least not taught any better."
A report published by Amnesty USA referred to actual training trips to Israel taken regularly by police departments in US states, despite "US Department of State statements condemning the Israeli police for extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings."
WE CAN'T BREATHE— Syed Emaan (@KashmirAForgot1) May 28, 2020
An occupation/srael "soldier" kneeling on a Palestinian's neck,An American "policemen kneeling on late George Floyd
Held America/israel accountable for its crimes"You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong.
Racist morons pic.twitter.com/WEjSvb5HO5
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