B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International condemns the City Council in Durham, North Carolina for passing a resolution which blatantly promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by no longer allowing its police department to engage in “military-style training” overseas.
According to JTA, the legislation was backed by anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace, which petitioned to “immediately halt any partnerships that the Durham Police Department has or might enter into with the Israeli Defense Forces and/or the Israel Police.”
The Durham City Council has things backward. Israel’s democratic values are demonstrated every day by its police force. As a country under constant threat from terrorists and those who wish to destroy it, Israel’s record on human and civil rights is exemplary. Shame on those in Durham who have been intimidated by those whose only objective is to delegitimize the Jewish state.