Ambassador Andrew Young, The Andrew J. Young Foundation
“We have a responsibility to develop a science of civility that allows us to live together as brothers and sisters lest we perish together as fools. That’s what the Georgia leadership exchange does around the world.
I am grateful that Georgia State University is active in leading not only Atlanta and Georgia but hopefully the world.”
American Jewish Committee
“GILEE is a model for peer-to-peer professional development as well as cutting edge technology identification that benefits all communities where they work. They also become better protectors of human rights and liberties.” View the entire statement
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) - Southeast
“The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) has been a resource to ADL and the larger community for many years. These education programs, enable American and Israeli law enforcement officials to consider best practices in preventing terrorist attacks in public place, information sharing, building societal resilience, and quickly returning a stricken community to a normal state of operations.” View the entire statement
“From the post 9/11 urgency in identifying technologies for evacuation of high-rises, through today’s need to support and protect first responders, you personally and GILEE have been great partners for our organization. Together we find ways to make our communities stronger, more resilient and a safer place for everyone to live in.” View the entire statement
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA)
“Israeli security and counter-terrorism best practices bring a unique perspective to local law enforcement and put Atlanta in the vanguard of public safety preparedness. GILEE’s peer-to-peer training and partnership model is one that other cities should emulate.” View the entire statement
The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary
“The Israel Police does NOT train American law enforcement leaders to harm minorities. On the contrary, the ROE [Rules of Engagement] explicitly states that “The use of force by a police officer in the performance of his duties, unnecessarily or in excess of what is required, is prohibited”.” View letter to the Raleigh City Council
Major Jewish Organizations - Atlanta
“Police-community engagement is a key component of efforts to prevent and respond to extremist violence and terrorism. International police exchanges enable American police to examine best practices and successful strategies for safeguarding people, protecting civil rights and individual liberties and building community trust.
Hundreds of law enforcement executives have participated in exchange programs with the Israel National Police. It is regarded by many law enforcement executives as playing an important part in preparing them to protect their communities from the very real threat of extremist violence and terrorism.” View the entire statement
Stand With Us
Anti-Israel extremists work hard to falsely blame police leadership exchange programs with Israel, like GILEE, for the horrific killing of George Floyd and other incidents of police brutality. The truth is, these transformative leadership programs exemplify community policing principles and contribute to more effective and civilized policing locally and around the world.