Canada: Cops Visit Israel Free
- Canadian police learn how to bolster security at home during Israel
Canada Israel Committee
March 10, 2005
Some 30 police chiefs from all over Ontario say they have learned
valuable lessons during a week-long visit to Israel, and are now
better prepared to respond to emergencies - or terror threats - in
Niagara Police Visit Israel Free
By Leora Eren Frucht
They witnessed a mock terror attack, viewed videotapes of the real
thing, and grilled anti-terror experts - and when it was over, some
30 top law enforcement officers from Ontario returned from a week-
long visit to Israel, armed with lessons for boosting security in
their own communities.
The trip - the first of its kind - brought Ontario Provincial Police
Commissioner Gwenneth Boniface, federal government security advisor
Dr. James Young, Ontario Emergency Management Commissioner Julian
Fantino, as well as police chiefs from all over the province to
Israel to get a first-hand look at security, policing and emergency
management techniques. They were joined by Ontario Minister of
Community Safety and Correctional Services, Monte Kwinter.
"The anti-terror expertise here is impressive," said York Regional
Police Chief Armand LaBarge. "These are the people we need to be
talking to if we want to learn how to combat terror."
"North America tends to take safety for granted, but the truth is we
are no longer immune to terror," said Greater Sudbury Police Chief
Ian Davidson. "This has been an incredible opportunity to learn how
people respond to the highest level of terror - and gives us a much
broader perspective on public safety."
The trip was sponsored by the Canadian Jewish Congress - Ontario
Region, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the Ontario government
and the Ontario Police Chiefs Association.
For two of Canada's newly-appointed security chiefs, it was an
especially timely trip.
"I now have a greater awareness of our own potential
vulnerabilities," said Fantino, who took up his post as Ontario
Emergency Management Commissioner just a week ago. "Unfortunately
Israel has had to deal with ongoing emergencies, and that
meansâ¦they are always in a state of readiness." Fantino added that
he was particularly impressed by the seamless coordination among the
different bodies responsible for security and emergency response in
Israel. "That is the key to an effective emergency response."
Young - who became the federal government's advisor on public safety
and emergency preparedness last month - recalled that during his
recent deployment to Thailand to help tsunami victims, the first
people on the scene were Israeli forensic experts. "I'm well aware
of their advanced methods," he said. During this trip, Young said
that he and other police officers were eagerly eyeing several
Israeli-made security products on display at a trade show -
including a gun that can be held around a corner, a hot-air balloon
used for surveillance, and a particularly effective barrier intended
to block a car-bomb attack. "There was a lot of interesting
technology; this is definitely a strength of Israel," said Young.
Many of the police were impressed not only by the gadgets and
methods used by the Israeli security forces, but also by the
attitude of ordinary Israelis.
"I'm quite amazed at the way life just goes on here despite the
threat," said OPP Commissioner Boniface.
"I learned that the goal of terror is to demoralize a country - to
beat it psychologically by attacking the most vulnerable elements -
the citizens," said Hamilton Police Chief Brian John Mullan. "In
that sense, the spirit and motivation of the people and their
willingness to persevere is deeply admirable."
"You see that ordinary Israelis are not paralyzed by fear," added
York Chief LaBarge. "The sense of normalcy that prevails is a way of
not giving in to terror."
Several police chiefs were even a bit envious of the attitude
displayed by Israeli citizens, many of whom volunteer as civil
guards and generally display considerable vigilance.
"Security is perceived as the duty of everyone here," noted Ottawa
Deputy Police Chief Lawrence Hill. "There's a great sense of
community - something we're still working on building."
"The way the whole society deals collectively with the security
threat is a lesson for all Canadians," said Sudbury Chief Davidson.
"The fact that there is respect for religious and cultural rights
despite the security threat is impressive," noted Midland Police
Chief Paul David Hamelin, who is also the President of the Ontario
Association of Chiefs of Police. "I think that Israel has found an
admirable balance between security and human rights."
Hamelin says he was also struck by the similar challenges facing
Israeli and Canadian police. "We visited a correctional centre here
and heard our Israeli colleagues discussing the need to rehabilitate
and re-integrate prisoners into society - the same sort of thing we
discuss. And despite the threat of terror, police here are expected
to deal with breaking and entering just like any other police force."
The Canadian police say they also felt a strong sense of solidarity
with their Israeli colleagues. After they heard an Israeli border
policeman recount his confrontation with a terrorist - in which his
partner was killed and he narrowly escaped the same fate - they
stood up and applauded him.
"We could relate on a very personal and professional level to that
officer," said Sudbury Chief Davidson. "Police officers anywhere in
the world have a common bond."
As the Ontario delegation showed up at Jerusalem's Hadassah Medical
Centre for a scheduled visit to the trauma centre, sirens blared as
an ambulance pulled up with two Israeli border police officers who
had just been shot by Palestinian gunmen. The Canadian police
visited the trauma centre just moments after the staff had finished
treating the wounded soldiers.
"This sort of thing is not prevalent in Canada - but it's not
entirely foreign to us either," said Davidson, noting that during
the visit, the police heard that four of their Canadian comrades had
been shot dead in Alberta. They observed a moment of silence in
their honour while visiting Canada's ambassador to Israel, Donald
During the trip, the police also met with a Palestinian security
adviser and with Canadian peace-keeping troops stationed in the
This was the first visit to Israel for nearly all the police chiefs -
and they got to experience Israel from a tourist's perspective too,
traveling from the Galilee to the Dead Sea. "Israel is a much more
cosmopolitan place than I ever imagined," said Hamilton Chief
Mullan. "This trip has certainly changed some of the stereotypes I
had about the country."
Accompanying the police delegation were Joel Richler, Chair of the
CJC-Ontario region, Bernie Farber, National Chief Executive Officer
of CJC and Morris Zbar of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Niagara Regional Police
Chief Julian Fantino from Toronto and two officers from Niagara
Regional Police Service also visited Israel to learn about their
security measures, courtesy of pro-Zionist, pro-Israeli groups and
the Canadian taxpayer !!. God help us - can you imagine using
Israeli tactics in Canada such as torture, sensory depravation,
detention of political prisoners and children, denial of access to
lawyers and parents, administrative detention (well we already have
the secret security certificate 5), targeted assassinations,
demolishing a whole home rather than going in to get someone fleeing
as happened a couple days ago, having babies born and dying at
checkpoints (more than 30 in the last two years), wounded bleeding
to death because Israelis won't let ambulances through, maybe we
should have a checkpoint between St Catharines and Thorold, maybe we
should build an apartheid wall between St Catharines and
Hamilton, ...... bizarre. How about using bulldozers to plow over
and shut up peaceful Canadian protesters - you know Dan Freeman-
Molloy was using a megaphone, just like Rachel Corrie. Of course I
don't think the pro_Israeli groups that hosted the police included
visiting the occupied territories and refugee camps in the tour....
What the hell can Canadian police learn from the Israelis that we
would actually want used here?? Maybe the US and Israeli defination
of "democracy"? Two wolves discussing with a sheep what they should
eat for breakfast.
You know there's always something we have to respond to. I guess
they think we must be bored and have nothing better to do with our
time. Please write letters to your own area Mps, Police Services
Boards, and the Ontario Civilian Police Complaints Commission.
From: "Ken Stone" <kenstone@...> View Contact Details
Subject: Regarding Chief Brian Mullan's trip to Israel
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 07:12:07 -0500
Dear CCAR Members and Friends:
The following is the complaint of the SPHR concerning the trip to
Israel that was recently taken by Hamilton Police Chief Brian
Mullan, along with the Ontario Community Safety Minister Monte
Kwinter and some 30 other Ontario chiefs of police. Half of the cost
of the trip was paid for by the Canadian Jewish Congress, the United
Jewish Appeal, El Al Airlines, and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
The other half was paid by us, the taxpayers.
After consultation among the members of the CCAR executive, it is
likely that CCAR will support this complaint with a complaint of its
Your input would be appreciated.
Community Coalition Against Racism
Chair of the Polices Services Board,
The McMaster University branch of Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights (SPHR) wishes to submit a complaint concerning Chief Brian
Mullan's recent trip to Israel.
Whatever were you and the other members of the PSB thinking about
when you approved this trip, paid for by taxpayers' dollars? Were
you aware that the State of Israel is in violation of over 60
resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly? Among these are
Resolution 242, which calls for the withdrawal of Israeli troops
from the Occupied Territories seized after the 1967 Six Day War, and
Resolution 194, which declares the right of return for all
Palestinian refugees forcefully dispossessed from their lands since
Were you aware that the Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, has
been investigated by the International Court of Justice as being
complicit in war crimes? We refer of course to the slaughter of at
least 900 innocent civilians (mainly women and children) at the
Sabra and Shattila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982.
Did you know that Israel has been constructing a barrier between
itself and the illegally occupied territories of the West Bank? This
wall, often up to 25 metres high, is commonly referred to as
the "Apartheid Wall". Recently, the International Court of Justice
in the Hague found that this wall was illegal and ordered it to be
dismantled. However, Israel refuses to do so.
In short, your decision to allow Chief Mullan to visit Israel at
taxpayers' expense was, to say the least, insensitive. We also
understand that over half the cost of the junket was paid by the
Canadian Jewish Congress and the United Jewish Appeal and was also
subsidized by El Al Airlines, and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
If this is true, it was completely inappropriate for you to allow
the Chief to accept money from these organizations.
Our next point is what was to be learned about policing in Israel.
Are you aware that ordinary, law-abiding Palestinians in the
thousands are routinely rounded up by police and soldiers, in middle-
of-the-night raids without search warrants, and are jailed for years
in conditions unfit for animals, without the benefit of lawyers or
trials, or even seeing the evidence against them? These prisoners
are often subjected to extreme forms of torture.
Is this the kind of policing you wished Chief Mullan to learn from
In Israel, the government has a policy of selective assassination of
persons engaged in the lawful struggle to end the illegal occupation
of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights. Are you hoping that
the Hamilton police service can learn from the Israelis about this
kind of war crime?
Finally, Israel has for years demolished the homes of persons
engaged in the Intifada (uprising). Does the Hamilton Police Service
intend to buy some fortified bulldozers to demolish the homes of
convicts in Hamilton?
What exactly were you hoping the Chief would learn there in Israel
at the taxpayers' expense?
We suppose you are going to reply: anti-terrorism tactics. If so,
let us ask you who do you think are the real terrorists in
Palestine, the Israeli government that has stolen the lands of the
Palestinian people, ethnically-cleansed them from their homes,
farms, and villages, chased them out the country into refugee camps
where they have languished for over half a century, killed them in
many massacres like Deir Yassin and Kfur Qassem and in three wars
(1948, 1967, 1973, as well as in the invasion of Lebanon in 1982),
which uses the latest planes and tanks and missiles to herd them
into Bantustans where its soldiers and settlers terrorize them in
their homes and shoot them if they try to farm their lands or the
Palestinians who have nothing but rocks and small arms with which to
By sending the police chief to Israel you have reinforced the
stereotype that Arabs and Muslims are terrorists. We are not
impressed with the press release from the Hamilton Police Service,
which terms Israel as "one of the world's most sophisticated
democratic states." Your press release shows that you have swallowed
the line (along with the hook and sinker) that Israel is OK and that
it is the Palestinians who are the troublemakers, when, in reality,
exactly the opposite is true. Perhaps what you need is a lesson in
the history of the Middle East since the arrival of the first
Zionist settlers in Palestine. And If you believe that what goes on
in Israel today passes for democracy, then please protect us from it
here in Canada by not sending any more of your officers over there
to learn from the Israeli government.
Frankly, you owe the entire Palestinian and Arab community of
Hamilton an apology for sending the police chief on this junket.
Your Board needs sensitivity training about Arabs and Muslims as
well as some history lessons. Moreover, we believe that any public
money spent on this trip for Chief Mullan ought to be recovered and
put back into the Hamilton Police Service budget. It was money not
spent in the public interest.
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights,
McMaster University Branch
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights ®
E-mail: mcmaster @ sphr.org
SPHR is a non-profit, student-based organization that advocates on a
strong social justice platform to uphold the rights of the
Palestinian people in the face of human rights violations and all
forms of racism, discrimination, misinformation and
Through awareness raising, advocacy work, non-violent direct actions,
solidarity building, and the promotion of Palestinian identity,
culture and history, SPHR works to support and protect Palestinian
human rights both locally and internationally.
Niagara Palestinian Association
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I got a few comments on this article if you don't mind sharing it
with you guys:
"During this trip, Young said that he and other police officers were
eagerly eyeing several Israeli-made security products on display at
a trade show - including a gun that can be held around a corner, a
hot-air balloon used for surveillance, and a particularly effective
barrier intended to block a car-bomb attack"
-- a gun that can be..."Corner Shot" *aka* The Galil was funded by a
US company headquartered in Miami, Florida with its research branch
located in Israel and relvealed December 2003...it is just a 60 year
old nazi technology...yeah!! it is based on a World War-II German
invention that the Germans had produced, it was attached to the
German MP 43/44...this machine gun was later copied by the Russians
in 1947 and later sold to the world as the AK 47, *aka* the
Kalashnikov..it is nothing but a copy of a copy of the German MP 44
but it seems as if it is necessary not only to think around corners
but also to have the chutzpah to sell this German invention to
British SAS today and later on to Canadians as Made in Israel!!!
I am looking forward to the next Israeli weapons system to be
launched perhaps a gun that can shoot in circles?
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