Video evidence shows Israelis teaching the choke hold that killed George Floyd

This is awkward – for everybody like Keir Starmer who insisted that it was anti-Semitic to claim that members of the Israeli police/military taught US police the choke hold that killed George Floyd.

The image above is from a promotional video by an organisation calling itself Israeli Tactical. This firm has been providing training in the United States since at least 2013, when its Twitter account was set up by one Tomer Israeli who, according to Israeli Tactical’s website, is “A veteran captain of the Israeli Defense Forces with over 20 years of both combat and instructional experience… [who] founded Israeli Tactical School as a premium security and counter-terror training organization that would meet the growing demand for a higher level of protective services”.

The website states: “Since the inception of Israeli Tactical School, Mr. Israeli has had the privilege of training law enforcement officers from over 45 agencies, including U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), U.S. Army Rangers, Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD), U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Baltimore Police Department (BPD), Pentagon Police, Howard County Police Department (HCPD), Maryland State Police (MDSP), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), Montgomery County Police Department (MPD), D.C. Metropolitan Police (MPDC), U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), U.S. Delta Force, Swiss Army Delta Force (G7), French SWAT (RAID), Shanghai SWAT (SPU – unit training), Royal Thai Commando Unit (CSD – unit training), and many more.”

Here’s some more information:

I’m sure some nitpickers will want to argue but it seems clear that Israeli experts do provide this training.

I think Keir Starmer and his cronies have a lot of apologising to do.

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  1. R July 3, 2020 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    The argument used to rebut this is that it’s a private company rather than an official training agency of the Israeli state. And the argument has merit because this is a private company.

    At the same time I think most reasonable people would conclude that a company which makes such a big deal about all it’s courses being directed by ex-Israeli special forces etc and which displays the images it does on it’s landing page might just be talking from real life practice and experience. If it looks like a duck, etc…

    And it’s not like neck kneeling/ choke holds etc weren’t officially part of police training in the states until comparatively recently.

    But then again, who hasn’t been on a professional training course where you talk about or do things outside the official course syllabus, if only to have a discussion about why things might be unsafe/ unacceptable etc

    So it’s not evidence that the specific training was provided but it does make it look as if the argument might come down to semantics.

    • Mike Sivier July 3, 2020 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      The argument you mention has no merit because the question wasn’t whether the training was provided by a public or private agency, but whether it was provided by people of Israeli origin. Clearly, as shown here, it is.

      • Israeli Tactical School July 3, 2020 at 10:27 pm - Reply

        the video you just showed is basically a technique for arrest that we are doing for decades and allow us to control and restrain before the handcuffing. In Floyd was already tied up – the policemen left his knee on his neck for much more minutes then required

        For more details you can see here:

        • Mike Sivier July 5, 2020 at 11:17 pm - Reply

          There has never been any implication that Israelis trained US police officers specifically to kill black people, of course. The fault lies with those who claimed that the suggestion that it was happening was an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

          But I notice that the details confirming that you teach this technique have been removed from your website. May I ask why?

  2. kevin July 4, 2020 at 10:23 am - Reply

    This is NOT a choke hold and is subtly but significantly different from the George Floyd hold. The person demonstrating has his knee on the side of the head in order to immobilise movement not the side of the neck. This is a standard jui jitsu move and very safe. If the person struggles you should always be careful not to let the knee slip on to the side of the neck. However, keeping a person face down can also be dangerous due to possibilities of positional asphyxia, from which a few people have died in police custody and is actively warned about in UK police training

    • Mike Sivier July 4, 2020 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      I knew this article would get nitpickers but you seem to be taking issue with yourself!

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