Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tell Georgia State University to end its relationship with the Israeli police force

US Campaign member group Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia (MEIAG) needs your help to demand Georgia State University shut down its Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program.
The GILEE program facilitates training exchanges between Georgia police departments and others around the world, their strongest relationship with the Israeli police force. High ranking police officials (and other public employees) from across Georgia partake in annual delegations to Israel to learn "counter-terrorism" techniques from the International Institute for Counter Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel. Likewise, Israeli police travel to Georgia to learn drug enforcement tactics. See below for MEIAG's call to action, and to learn how you can tell Georgia State University to end its implicit relationship with Israel.

Friends,
A growing community and student-based coalition led by the Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia and the Progressive Student Alliance at Georgia State University (GSU) demand that GSU President Becker shut down the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange. We ask that you join this critical national effort to put pressure on President Becker, the leader of a public institution, to SHUT GILEE DOWN and meet with students and members of the community to discuss how he will go about doing so.

On Tuesday, October 19th from 9 am to 5 pm please call 404-413-1300, email mbecker@gsu.edu and fax 404-413-1301 with the following message:

My name is _____________ and I am calling from _______________. Dr. Becker I strongly urge you to shut down the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange. With its growing international reputation, GSU cannot afford to be associated with a country that consistently violates international law such as the May 2010 killing of nine unarmed civilians in international waters carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. I urge you to move toward Shutting GILEE Down and to meet with your students and concerned community members to discuss this matter. Thank you.

Background of GILEE & Our Divestment Campaign to Eliminate GILEE

The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange is a program coordinated by Dr. Robert Friedmann and is housed in the Criminal Justice Department at Georgia State University. The purpose of the program is to facilitate training exchanges between Georgia police departments and others around the world. While GILEE has relationships with various other police agencies, their relationship with the Israeli police is the most intimate and troubling. Since 1992, high ranking police officials (and other public employees) from across Georgia partake in annual delegations to Israel to learn "counter-terrorism" techniques. Likewise, Israeli police travel to Georgia to learn drug enforcement tactics. Such a program not only implicitly supports well-documented violations of human rights in 48 Palestine and Atlanta at the hands of the police, but also gestures to the goal of implementing them here in Georgia. We need not forget that the Atlanta Police Department (APD) has a long and troubling history of violating residents’ rights, racial profiling, and similar though not identical cases of extra-judicial murder and physical abuse, with Kathryn Johnston, Tremaine Miller and Pierre George only a few of the victims in recent years.

Alongside seventeen campaign endorsers and over 1,000 individual supporters, MEIA-G and the Progressive Student Alliance will continue to isolate GILEE from the GSU community and the broader Atlanta community until GSU President Becker accepts that GSU cannot afford to be associated with a program that propagates repressive police tactics nor with a program that is directly tied to Israel and its polices and practices of apartheid, genocide, and occupation.

History of MEIA-G

Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia was established after an unprecedented mobilization in response to the Israeli massacres in Gaza of December 2008. Hundreds of people rallied in the streets of Atlanta in solidarity with the Palestinian people vowing to organize together to bring justice to their plight. In February, we had a launch event, endorsed the 2005 Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel and discussed ways to move forward centering our work on this call out. As Israel entrenches its system of Apartheid against the Palestinian people, we must work hard to expose and sever Atlanta's links to Israel. We use grassroots organizing strategies to mirror the South African anti-Apartheid movement in working to end this injustice and support the Palestinians in their struggle for liberation.

Onward,

Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia

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