Analysis comment

The newly-deleted web page that seems to exonerate Long-Bailey and Peake

‘Israeli Tactical School’ site offered ‘law enforcement’ training it claimed is carried out by ex-Israeli security services personnel – “based on the curriculum of Israeli security forces and special units”.

A website deleted in the last few days, since the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey by Keir Starmer, appears to exonerate both Long-Bailey and actor Maxine Peake over the article in which Peake linked training provided by the Israeli state to US police to the ‘knee on the neck’ technique used by Minnesota police and which killed George Floyd.

Long-Bailey was sacked – ostensibly if not in reality – for retweeting an Independent interview with Maxine Peake in which Peake linked the ‘knee on the neck’ technique that caused Floyd’s death with training provided by the Israeli state to US police. In spite of hostile narrative to the contrary, neither suggested that Israel trained US police in the technique so that they could kill black people.

In spite of photographic evidence in Israeli newspapers showing it in use, the Israeli authorities denied that such a technique forms part of their methods and both Long-Bailey and Peake rowed back on their original comments, as did the Independent.

However, the website of the ‘Israeli Tactical School, which provides security training to US police and Secret Service officers, casts doubt on the denial.

The school’s ‘about’ page claims – or rather claimed – that:

All of our courses are based on the curriculum of Israeli security forces and special units, and our only goal is to maximize efficiency and applicability in everyday life and during serving.

…Our courses lead instructors are coming from the Israeli Secret Service (Shin-Bet), Mossad, Yamam (Israeli SWAT unit) and Israeli Navy SEALs (Shayetet 13), Israeli Delta Force (Sayeret Matkal) this way every specific program have an authentic experienced instructor from the original Tier 1 unit.

…At Israeli Tactical Krav Maga, students learn exactly the same system we teach our special agents in the Shin-Bet. Likewise, our instructor and black-belt courses are simple and require completion of the belt and teaching skills tests.

(Italics added)

And its ‘Law Enforcement’ page leads – or rather led – with a header image showing the ‘knee on neck’ restraint technique:

The same image also features – or featured – prominently on the ‘About us’ page., which claims – or rather claimed:

A video published by ITS shows numerous examples of neck-kneeling as part of its ‘Krav Maga’ martial arts training:

However, the content of the law enforcement page was deleted in just the last few days, with the amendment dating to after the Long-Bailey sacking. It is now blank:

The blank page where the ‘knee on neck’ information and text previously stood

The about page has been radically amended – with the ‘knee on neck’ image removed and the text altered:

ITS appears to draw its name from the name of its founder, Tomer Israeli, who registered the parent site in 2013, rather than directly from the state of Israel:

However, Mr Israeli’s Linkedin page shows an image of him with what appear to be ‘SWAT’ officers and in the ‘Experience’ section, it describes his experience in the Israeli military and security services, along with a list of organisations he has trained:

Head Of School
Israeli Tactical School LLC
Jan 2012 – Present 8 years 7 months

Washington, DC

Tomer Israeli is a veteran captain of the Israeli Defense Forces with over 20 years of both combat and instructional experience. He began his army career in one of the world’s most respected special forces recon units (Sayeret Matkal – ’92 Yuval) and later as team member in Special recon team (Sayeret Golani – Orev ’92 Dotan). As reserve officer Tomer joined as team leader to a Long Distance Recon unit and led his team deep behind enemy lines during the Second Lebanon War (2006).

Mr. Israeli was later selected for training by the Shin Bet (Israeli Secret Service) and became a certified Chief Security Officer upon completion. He was posted to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he operated as team leader in a special agent close protection unit.

An expert instructor, Mr. Israeli 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.

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.

Originally from the Tel Aviv area, Mr. Israeli currently resides in Maryland.

Jan 2020 – Feb 2020 2 months

Washington, District Of Columbia

The Hebrew UniversityThe Hebrew University
The Hebrew University
Bachelor of Science (BSc)Economics
1999 – 2001

If his claimed background is genuine, as his significant list of professional endorsements by other Linkedin users suggests, he would appear to be in a position to know what “the curriculum of Israeli security forces and special units” entails.

To be clear, there is no suggestion in the evidence that the Israeli state trained US police officers in order that the techniques it caused could be used to kill black people in the US. But neither Long-Bailey nor Peake said that they did.

However, based on the freshly-deleted but still demonstrable claims of a former Israeli special forces and security operative – and the images he showed – it appears that the ‘knee on neck’ technique is used and taught by those forces and would form part of the training they would offer to trainees, as indeed the ITS appears to do, or at least to have done until very recently.

Based on the available evidence, Keir Starmer owes an abject apology and a full retraction to both Rebecca Long-Bailey and Maxine Peake for his comments. They are unlikely ever to come, but they are owed nonetheless.

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  1. Has RLB got the guts or determination to demand reinstatement and an apology from Starmer? I doubt it!

    1. You so often look for an angle to put someone down don’t you Jack! I wonder why that is???

      As for deleting the web page in question, now I wonder why they would think to do that. And it’s obviously just coincidence that they should do so shortly after Maxine Peake said what she said in her interview with the Independent and Starmer then sacking RLB.

    2. That would be the test for her , I hope she has the guts , as the Left has supported her whole heartedly

      1. Gordon Bennett, you shills are SO fucking transparent!

        Oh right, yeah, that’ll be the test for her blah blah blah. I mean if there were Establishment shills beavering away on this site – as there ARE of course – to try and knock and discredit left-wing politicians – in THIS case knocking RLB for something they know damn well she’s not gonna do – you fuckers would surely be the prime suspects!

    3. White Flag Man “You so often look for an angle to put someone down don’t you Jack!” Only if like you, they deserve it!
      By capitulating to the Zionist BoD the way she did, RLB showed a) she is not a Socialist and b) she will say anything to please those who she sees as ‘the right people’.

  2. It’s not just the leader of the Labour Party and others who immediately reported and accused Rebecca and Maxine of an antisemitic trope that need to apologise MSM weren’t too far behind in their condemnation of them both. I suppose we will be waiting a long time before they’ll print anything about this is

  3. I was just checking out something on the Guardian’s website and they had the following article listed from a year ago:

    ‘Sexism, vandalism and bullying: inside the Boris Johnson-era Bullingdon Club’

    Woman who recruited members during the club’s 80s heyday reveals the true extent of members’ destructive behaviour

    NB I haven’t checked yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how widely this was reported in the MSM. Or NOT!

  4. Excellent stuff SB , way to go , shows the MSM how it should be done , metaphorically the smoking gun !
    Perhaps regardless whether RLB makes use of this or not , the dammage to Starmer will be seen and noted

      1. Perhaps if you got off your high horse , calmed down and then engaged the brain you have , you might just be able to put 2 and 2 together Alan and join up the dots.
        I’ll help ,,,, , those taking note will be the Unions esp Unite who will be watching Starmers moves over this, then there are the very many Left-wingers like me and those LW in the membership who will also be watching , and no doubt RLB supporters in the SCG of MPs .
        PS FYI I voted for RLB thus somehow I don’t quite think that makes me any kind of Shill .
        My question is if she has the guts to make a stand and show solidarity with those of us on the Left who have supported her over this , my concern is that she has all to readily retracted what she said and imo there was nothing AS whatsoever about it

  5. I think this whole issue boils down to criticism -justified or not -of the actions of foreign countries.We are entitled to freedom of speech, we can criticise foreign countries even in an impolite way and we should all bear in mind that nobody has the right to be not offended. Also critics don’t always get their facts right and unwarranted criticism happens sometimes.
    If criticism of a foreign power or powers justly or unjustly causes an MP to lose her front bench position then we are on the slippery slope to state censorship and losing our right to free speech.This is an attack on democracy and has got to be opposed at every level.

  6. So obviously ‘ITS’ don’t understand how the web works…. Once it’s out there it’s out for ever.

  7. Certain people were using this to try and destroy Maxine Peake’s career over this, asking BBC in particular not to employ her. Starmer needs to retract these accusations of antisemitism and issue a public apology.

  8. Excellent piece of research that needs to be widely publicised if it is to have any value – that’s up to all civil rights activists…are they really up to the job in today’s Britain?

  9. The damage was done when Maxine Peake did a Chris Williamson, apologised & cast doubt on her statement.

    1. I agree. Apologies are now treated as confessions. The guilty parties will still be burnt at the stake but at least they’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that their souls will go to heaven.

    2. Yes that is true Steve and is the concern I have , bear in mind that Maxine has , I believe , been threatened by various elements shall we say , with the destruction and blacklisting of her career Vis a Vie the BBC not employing her talents any more . Its this utter thuggery and intimidation that goes with anyone who dares to even mildly criticize the Zionist Israeli Govt that is so concerning .
      This is why it’s imo so important that RLB stands her ground now with the Left ,, I hope and wait to see what transpires
      On another rpoint some good news , we now have new joint Co Chairs of Momentum post Lansman , both excellent lefties Andrew Scattergood and Gaya Sriskanthan

      1. Wasn’t there another actress from the north, whose name escapes me, that threatened never to work with the BBC again over pro-Israel bias. It might’ve been over the Panorama/John Ware/anti-semitism doc, but don’t quote me on that cos I’m not sure. Perhaps someone can provide the details?

  10. I posted a reply to jpenney 05/07/2020 at 9:34 pm but it didn’t survive moderation. It was:

    jpenney: McNiven didn’t state, allude to, or adduce “that old anti-Semitic meme that ‘there is no difference between the Israeli Zionists and the Nazis’”, you did. He points to the similarity in the use of the term “efficiency” in delivering violence.

    That Long-Bailey acceded to the fallacious description of a statement in Peake’s Independent interview as an antisemitic trope is puzzling, unless you accept as plausible that she has Stockholme syndrome and has been successfully gaslighted through our local chapter of hasbara, as has the amputated head of the Labour chicken.

  11. Stiil no appearance, maybe it’s because it was through WordPress, so I’ve reregistered.
    I posted a reply to jpenney 05/07/2020 at 9:34 pm but it didn’t survive moderation. It was:

    jpenney: McNiven didn’t state, allude to, or adduce “that old anti-Semitic meme that ‘there is no difference between the Israeli Zionists and the Nazis’”, you did. He points to the similarity in the use of the term “efficiency” in delivering violence.

    That Long-Bailey acceded to the fallacious description of a statement in Peake’s Independent interview as an antisemitic trope is puzzling, unless you accept as plausible that she has Stockholme syndrome and has been successfully gaslighted through our local chapter of hasbara, as has the amputated head of the Labour chicken.

  12. Sorry about the triplication – I don’t know what procedures the rest of you use to get your posts to pp up promptly.

  13. As per usual nothing will change, be done, (though it would be great and one would think necessary for RLB to sue Sir Keir for defamation – particularly if she is supposed to be some kind of leader) – great work skwakbox important to show repeatedly and clearly the lies of establishment/media and those who bow down. Reveals whats really going on. Shame Corbyn RLB etc are such a disappointment, such chickens when push comes to shove. Say what u will about G Galloway you cant say he doesn’t stand up when its called for.

  14. I believe Maxine Peak is being helped by Equity as reported on here
    Which begs the question what happens when they challenge Keir and party on facts

  15. Does Skwawkbox now have a “delete comment” capability?

    One of Bad Penney’s efforts plus 3 replies are now missing from this thread, hence the top of the thread says 29 comments, when only 25 are now listed. Hmm…

  16. ‘Our services have benefited, among others:, Pentagon Police, Baltimore County Police Department, Howard County Police Department, Maryland State Police, United States Capitol Police, Montgomery County Police Department.’ I could see no reference to this deleted part of the website in your report.

  17. Is there, I wonder, anyone possessing the knowledge and skill able and willing to compile a list of examples of BBC ‘bullying’, victimisation, manipulation, censorship and falsification since, say, 1978 up to the present time? I bet it would make most interesting reading – given the events that occurred during this period.

  18. Having been the instigator of the thread referred to I’d like to apologise to Steve Walker for any difficulty caused him by my comment.
    I don’t apologise to anyone else and I don’t apologise for what was in my view a just comment, intentionally inflammatory though it was.

  19. Google 3514 International Drive, Wash. DC, the address at which Tomer Israeli registered the site — it’s the Israeli Embassy. I had assumed he was freelance, but this suggests otherwise.

    1. Certainly raises questions, but afaik businesses of trading nations get assistance from their embassies in countries where they’re seeking contracts – I’d guess maybe even to the extent of the embassy acting as a forwarding agent or accommodation/registered address or providing office space before the business actually needs premises.
      I don’t think it’s unheard of anyway.

  20. Having criticized examples of inaccurate journalism, I’ll happily compliment SB on a really good example of digging out the truth in this item.

    It won’t make any difference to the cynical distortions elsewhere, but any attempt is worthwhile.

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