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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

IDF denies it trains dogs to attack anyone saying 'Alla Hu Akhbar'

The IDF is denying an accusation by Yasser Arafat's former political adviser, Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi (yes, really - only in Israel), that it trains dogs to attack anyone they hear saying Alla Hu Akhbar (God is great in Arabic). Terrorists shout Alla Hu Akhbar as they undertake terror attacks.
"IDF dogs are trained to pounce and attack any Arab who shouts Allah Hu Akbar, as a Pavlovian reaction," said Tibi. "So here I say: Allah Hu Akbar. Are there any dogs here to attack me?"

Speculations of such practice were exposed first by Israel Radio's military correspondent, Carmela Menashe.

Responding to the allegations, the IDF said in a statement: "One of the canine unit's many capabilities is to train the dogs at locating the enemy when dressed both in uniform and as civilian. This is an ability that has proven itself in many cases.
I doubt the IDF trains its dogs to attack any Arab who is heard saying Alla Hu Akhbar, but if it did, that would not be irrational or discriminatory. When was the last time you heard a Jew or a Christian shout Alla Hu Akhbar and undertake a terror attack?


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