The City of Durham and the city’s police chief are being sued over the City Council’s rejection of a police training exchange program with Israel.
Two Israeli volunteer police officers, Moshe Eyal and Itay Livneh, have filed a civil discrimination suit in North Carolina’s Superior Court against the city of Durham and its police chief, CJ Davis.
The suit states that “The city of Durham has two standards when it comes to international police exchanges: One for the Israelis and one for the rest of the world.”
The lawsuit alleges that the City Council, at the direction and urging of antisemitic Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) groups, violated the North Carolina Constitution by discriminating against the plaintiffs on the basis of national origin.
The Durham Council’s decision was influenced by one of the most vocal anti-Israel groups which masquerade as a pro-Jewish organization called Jewish Voice For Peace (JVP).
Both JVP and their local offshoot, Durham2Palestine, are virulent “BDS” organizations.
This three-part series by Peter Reitzes chronicles the entire Durham Council affair.
- Part 1: How Durham Came to Discriminate Against Israel and the Jewish People
- Part 2: How Durham Came to Discriminate Against Israel and the Jewish People
- Part 3: How Durham Came to Discriminate Against Israel and the Jewish People
Suit Goes After Radical Durham Council’s Violation of NC Constitution
Today, along with Yifa Segal of the International Legal Forum and Daniel Meier of North Carolina, I filed suit in North Carolina Superior Court against the City of Durham,” David Abrams, executive director of the Zionist Advocacy Center in New York City and an attorney of the plaintiffs said in a statement on Facebook.
“The suit, which was filed on behalf of two volunteer policemen in Israel, alleges that Durham’s recent resolution against police exchanges with Israel is a violation of the North Carolina Constitution,” wrote Abrams.
The exchange Abrams is talking about is the Durham’s City Council, led by Mayor Pro Tem Jillian Johnson garnering the dubious distinction of becoming the first U.S. city to ban the exchange program with Israel.
Johnson, a Left-wing radical aligned with Black Lives Matter and apparently aligned several Communists and their affiliated organizations operating out of Durham. Black Lives Matter members are well-known for their antisemitic views, adoration of antisemite Louis Farrakhan, and for a seemingly unreserved hatred of Israel.
Two of the Durham organizations directly link to Johnson: Action for Community in Raleigh (ACRe) and The Southern Vision Alliance. The Southern Vision Alliance is also tied to the Durham Solidarity Center, which houses the Communist Workers World Party.
Employed by Southern Vision Alliance in one of its many offshoots called the Youth Organizing Institute is Loan Tran. Tran is the Communist who led the toppling of a Statue in Durham by the Communist Workers World Party.
The Durham City Council also attempted to de-platform Jordan Peterson.