It’s come full circle I’m afraid to say: Nazis trained dogs to hate and harrass Jews and now the IDF is returning the favor. Israeli TV reports that the IDF conducted a military ceremony at which it displayed the talents of its trained attack dogs–one of which was to attack upon hearing the Arabic: Allahu Akbar. Here’s the Haaretz story (English/Hebrew):
Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi on Monday told the Knesset plenum that at a canine unit ceremony held the day before, parents of the soldiers witnessed demonstrations proving these allegations.
“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.
Let no one say that Israeli Palestinian MKs don’t have a ferocious satiric sense. I loved the double dare shout out to all the rabid rightist MKs who might have taken a run at him for introducing a Muslim chant in the Knesset (“Are there any dogs here to attack me?”).
Israel has a much vaunted armaments export industry which earns the country billions in foreign currency. Now they can add this innovative new product to their offerings. It won’t go over well in Muslim countries. But it should do quite nicely for countries like Denmark, Britain, Switzerland, France and Germany which have periodic bouts of unpleasantness fomented by their uppity Muslim residents. This should keep them in line and earn much needed export income for the Jewish state.
For those who question the story, it was witnessed by the Israeli parents of IDF recruits who attended.
So not only do we have Israeli racial profiling at airports in which dark-skinned, Arab or Pali-symp passengers are singled out for special harassment, now we have dogs trained to attack on hearing a Muslim praise his God. I say, with great shame, that what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander. I fully anticipate that Muslims will train their own dogs to attack on hearing Hebrew prayers like the Shma. And if you are a Jew who takes offense at this, think who brought it on. It wasn’t me. It was the racist dog-training ghouls in the IDF who thought this little kuntz up.
Through a possible editing error the original Hebrew version says the IDF has NOT denied the report, while the translated English version says the IDF has denied it. Since the Hebrew is the original my money is on the latter being correct. Which may be verified by the following non-sequitur non-denial issued by the IDF:
“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.”
Unfortunately, dogs cannot distinguish between training that is racist and training that is not. Apparently, the IDF can’t either. Remember the impact that the Abu Graibh photos ad on the U.S. image in the Muslim world? It single-handedly upped Al Qaeda recruitment by hundreds of percent. What impact do you think this story will have on recruitment for anti-Israel acts of violence?