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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Israeli police trained Chinese counterparts before Olympics

Remember how quiet the Beijing Olympics were? Do you know why? Guess who trained China's police for the Olympics.... Uh huh, the 'evil Zionist entity.'
Israel Police held secret training for Chinese police officers ahead of the recent Olympic Games, Haaretz has learned. The approximately six-week course was held in Israel for about 20 selected officers of the People's Armed Police Force, to use Israeli experience to train them for possible scenarios involving terror and civil disturbances at the Games.

The training involved, among other things, how to neutralize terrorists with their bare hands, how to deal with a crowd that riots on the playing field, and how to protect VIPS and remove demonstrators from main traffic arteries.

The Chinese officers arrived in Israel last May for the training, at the request of the Chinese public safety ministry. Brigadier General Bentzi Sau was appointed head of the project and designed the training program.
And guess where the Chinese police stayed: In the occupied territories Samaria.
The Border Police base at Beit Horon was set up to accommodate the guests, including lessons in Chinese cuisine for police cooks.

For purposes of the training, the Kiryat Eliezer soccer stadium in Haifa played the part of the Bird's Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing.

The officers learned how to take over a hijacked bus and identify a car rigged with explosives, and trained with M-16 rifles and Jericho pistols.

Although the main focus of the training was to give the Chinese police the tools necessary to handle terrorist attacks, they also learned how to handle mass civilian demonstrations.
But best of all, this may lead to more cooperation in the future.
Haaretz has learned that the commander of the People's Armed Police Force, General Wu Shuangzhan, has expressed an interest in continued cooperation between Israeli and Chinese police following the success of the course. The police has declined to comment on the matter.
But read the whole thing, because apparently the Chinese didn't want this reported in the media. Maybe they were afraid it would damage their relations with Iran?


At 9:34 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

Haaretz just can't keep its big mouth just when something doesn't fit its political agenda.

At 12:18 AM, Blogger Steven said...

"The Chinese officials had asked the police and the Foreign Ministry not to report on the course in the media, and sources in Israel expressed concern that a report would harm future cooperation between the two police forces."

... And so Haaretz publishes it.


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