It is unfortunate that The Vermont State Police, as well as the Northampton, Massachusetts, Police Department, pulled out of the seminar in Israel, titled “Resiliency and Counterterrorism,” due to pressure from the alt-left groups, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace. These groups are certainly entitled to their views, but that doesn’t give them the right to dictate policy for the rest of Vermont and Northampton.
The seminar offered an opportunity to interact with Israeli and Palestinian law-enforcement agencies and observe the security strategies and systems Israel uses to prevent terror attacks. Are not the police in Vermont and Northampton more qualified to determine for themselves whether or not these security strategies and systems may or may not be helpful, than partisan political groups?
Censorship is not the solution.