Skip to comments.Jewish American Border Officer Suffers Anti-Semitism
Posted on 03/18/2008 11:19:23 AM PDT by Nachum
(IsraelNN.com) Jewish U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Officer Brian Israel, a border officer on the Canadian-American border is sueing the US Border Patrol after years of anti-Semitic abise.
According to VIN News, "Officer Israel was subjected to anti-Semitic activity almost immediately [upon being hired ten years ago]. He found swastikas and Waffen SS lighting stripes on his locker, and was regularly sent out by his management to clear 'his people' when the 'smelly Jew Bus' (typically vehicles operated by Heiman's Bus Service or other companies from Brooklyn) [arrived]."
The report continues: "Though Israel is a life-long public servant with stints in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Treasury Police and U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service under his belt, and the recipient of various awards, citations, commendations and medals for his military and federal law enforcement service, that didn't stop him from getting fired in July 2007 based on two 2005 incidentsone in which even fellow officers testified that Israel was in the right after being assaulted by a Canadian traveler, and a second, more ominous event in which a violent Algerian national who was a security threat destroyed a border radiation detector by driving his car into it at 70 miles an hour. Both cases led to Israel's dismissal for 'excessive force,' with even the government not denying that a file of the worthy officer's list of blatant anti-Semitic experiences at his comrades' hands does exist."
Officer Israel, a religious Jew and son of Holocaust survivors, says that the only reason he was fired is because he constantly complained against his supervisors for the continuous anti-Semitic remarks. His court case, which has cost him $80,000 in legal fees, will end with a verdict on March 31st, 2008.
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What constituted “excessing force?”
We are not getting the whole story here...
Too bad we citizens can’t force teh offending members of this particular Borders-R-Us bunch to pay the jury award which is sure to occur.
“What constituted excessing force?”
Well, if a Muslim of a jihad decides to use a 70 mph vehicle, perhaps excess force was something on the order of an anti-tank missile?
It appears any action taken in self-defense by a border patrolmen against criminal aliens is considered “excessive force.” Israel’s lucky he’s not in prison with Ramos and Compean.
Not that these things don’t happen, but I’ll wait for more details, or at least a verdict.
Why is his attorney not willing to represent him on a contingency basis. This is very telling.
Bingo, I dont believe any of the anti-Semitic stuff. Hes just grasping at straws to save his job.
The Canadians are worse than the U.S. and the French-speaking Canadians are the worst of all.
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That would seem appropriate..
I agree that this seems very telling, and my BS meter is getting a noticable reading. But then again, I don't trust reporters to get the story straight. I think it may be somewhat garbled.
"with even the government not denying that a file of the worthy officer's list of blatant anti-Semitic experiences at his comrades' hands does exist."
This effectively proves that your theory is wrong. There was a history of complaints. He did not make up the complaints after the fact as you suggest "to save his job". And, BTW, why would you say "I don't believe any of the anti-Semitic stuff?" Do you mean it didn't happen? Couldn't happen? Is there something in the story that suggests fabrication? Are border patrol agents too good to be anti-Semites? Curious to hear your theories.
Yep, maybe the guy is just a jerk.
I find it hard to believe that the MSM isn't leaping over itself to report antisemitism in the Bush Administration. Could the reason be that the fired officer did a good job in keeping potential Islamic terrorists out of the country, and is therefore considered unworthy of any coverage by the MSM?
I don't know which part of the story you're missing or why you gratuitously call this guy a jerk. You should read the press release for a more detailed account of how this guy's case sounds a lot like Ramos' and Campeon's in terms of the government siding with the bad guys.
One fact seems curious to me; his fellow officers stood up and testified on his behalf in the case of the Algerian terrorist, er, I mean speeder. If his fellow officers were all anti-Semetic bastards, they would have remained silent.
(Of course, the force could have been divided among good and bad apples.)
Those events are clearly over-the-top.
They go beyond the pretty harsh mutual ribbing (including in sensitive things, like religion, race, creed, and size of ears), which are part of the “esprit de corps” of any military or para-military (like the border guard) organization.
I got in one fist fight in the Army, and it was over some fellow soldiers (one who much later ended up being in my wedding, married my cousin he met there, and converted to Judaism!) getting drunk and doing nazi salutes.
They thought they were being funny, but we worked it out in the back of the barracks.
Sounds like Eric Cartman is involved.
Considering the US Army once (and maybe still?) believed in the "Protocols of Zion" and that the US State Department labeled Israel an "non-traditional adversary" I can believe it to.
No matter how many Judaeo-philic Biblical Fundamentalists live in the US they never seem to get represented in the govt. (our current President is the primary example).
I am always suspicious of substandard employees who file these types of cases. How many times have we seen that the victim was actually the perpetrator looking to either cash in or deflect criticism.
In this case the issue of his removal has nothing to do with the alleged anti-Semitic activity unless you want to believe in conspiracy theories.
There is not enough info here to render a judgment but something does not smell right as he waited until after he was fired to file the action. I am thinking sour grapes. If I am wrong I hope he wins.
“substandard employees “
But that’s just it, he wasn’t a “substandard employee”. There’s nothing about that in the article except that he was dismissed for excessive use of force in two instances that look highly questionable in terms of his superiors choosing to drop the hammer on him instead of the bad guy. Since his history of complaints dates from the 90’s, this looks much more like they fired him on a pretext, rather than him suing them on a pretext. Believe me, I hate it when people cry anti-Semitism or racism or whatever over nothing or trifles, but your interpretation of the facts presented frankly doesn’t make sense.
As is typical in these types of articles we are only getting one side, the employees. If he had been wrongly terminated he would have sued for that and not this hostile work environment type of case.
False allegations of abuse are a real problem for all LEOs, however based solely on the article it appears that this agent was investigated for the first abuse allegation and determined to be at fault and received disciplinary action. He there after was investigated for engaging in the same kind of serious misconduct, determined to be at fault and was terminated.
Thats why I referred to him as a substandard employee. In the LEO world one screw-up can negate all the atta-boys you built up over your career. Two screw ups for the same infraction is often terminal.