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A Display of Police Brutality - In Israel

By Yisrael Medad
3/17/2008, 12:00 AM

The New York Times is not usually a favorite of those of us who are, well, addicted to the news.

But there is always something to be thankful for, everyday.  Like this picture:

It was taken by Sebastain Scheiner of the AP and is used here in an illustrative purpose.

It displays "Lesson #53" in the (fictitious) Police Manual for Methods of Applying Brutality.

Lesson #53 reads:  "while your colleague(s) subdue a protestor, raise your right arm to his/her head level, take a step forward with your left foot, pretend to accidentally stumble, thus causing you to take a brisk and firm step forward with your right foot, thus causing your upraised right elbow to effectively smash into the protestors face.  With any luck, you can even break his/her nose or at the very least, his/her glasses".

Welcome to the Israeli Police, those guardians of civil rights and liberties.

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(Two more examples can be viewed here)