Responding to Questions about ADL’s Law Enforcement Leadership Seminars in Israel

About ADL

ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

About ADL’s Work with Law Enforcement

ADL believes law enforcement has a fundamental obligation to preserve civil rights and liberties in a democracy and is instrumental to efforts to protect people and communities from hate crimes and extremism. With that in mind, ADL provides a number of  trainings and educational opportunities for law enforcement agencies and personnel related to:

  • Combatting hate crimes 
  • Understanding the role of law enforcement as guardians of the Constitution and individual rights
  • Responding to extremist and terrorist threats

None of ADL’s trainings or programs for law enforcement are tactical in nature.

About ADL’s Leadership Seminar in Israel for American Law Enforcement

Since 2004, ADL has brought small groups of senior American law enforcement leaders to Israel for a week-long seminar designed to increase their understanding of extremist and terrorist violence, mass casualty attacks and community resilience.

International exchanges between US law enforcement and their counterparts in many countries around the globe are common and facilitate sharing of best practices and strategies to combat threats to public safety, including drug trafficking, violent extremism, and counter-terrorism.

The seminar in Israel consists of briefings, presentations and site visits, which allow participants to meet with their counterparts in the Israel National Police (INP), and gain insights into the lessons they have learned in preventing and responding to terror attacks and strengthening community resilience in the face of terrorist attacks. They are exposed to the INP’s efforts to serve Israeli minority communities. Participants also meet with Palestinian law enforcement leaders, and over the course of their visit hear a variety of perspectives on contemporary issues related to security, extremism and terrorism.

This seminar is educational in nature and the itinerary includes a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s renowned Holocaust museum and research center, as well as visits to Christian, Jewish and Muslim holy sites.

The seminar provides participants with insight into how Israel responds to terrorism, including best practices in information sharing, building societal resilience and quickly returning affected communities to a normal state of operations after these incidents. In addition, through meeting with Palestinian law enforcement leaders, participants learn about the importance of cooperation in such complex settings, and learn specific local challenges. The seminar enables the U.S. law enforcement leaders to better consider the prevention, preparation and response to terrorist threats, active shooters, and mass casualty attacks in their own communities.

See firsthand accounts from past U.S. law enforcement participants in ADL’s Leadership Seminar in Israel:

Responding to Allegations that ADL’s Israel Seminar for Law Enforcement is Responsible for Racist Policing Practices and Police Brutality in the U.S.

There has been systematic racism in the U.S. for centuries, and it exists within our law enforcement and criminal justice systems. These problems were not imported to the U.S.

Blaming Israel for these grave and serious issues only serves as a distraction from legitimate problems that we as a nation need to confront.

This charge has been propagated by ideological critics of Israel who seek to inject alleged Israeli – and at times American Jewish – complicity into issues of American societal injustice. Those who make this spurious argument have focused more on tarring Israel than promoting real solutions to confronting and transforming systemic American inequities and abuses.

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