April 2015        

Israeli aggression comes to Dublin

Dónall Ó Briain

Residents of several areas around Dublin will have seen posters recently advertising classes in “the world’s most effective self-defence system.” What they will not have been told is that it is the one developed for the “Israel Defence Forces” (the name used by the aggressive Israeli armed forces) for use against Palestinians.
     Krav Maga (meaning “contact combat”) was founded in 1944 by Imre Lichtenfeld, a Hungarian immigrant, in what they outrageously describe as “the land of Israel (then called Palestine).” He helped to train the terrorist organisations Hagana and Palmach, the latter described by Krav Maga as the “striking force of the Hagana and forerunner of the special units of the IDF.”
     Krav Maga is known for its emphasis on aggressiveness and brutality. It is used in occupied Palestine by Israeli forces, “both regular and special forces,” and has been adopted also by Shin Bet and Mossad (the internal and external “security” services).
     The International Krav Maga Federation, based in Israel, claims branches in more than forty countries, including Ireland. Each region has a regional director, who has the task of “spreading the doctrine of Krav Maga.” The organisation cultivates an ideological bond between branches, “maintaining a strong sense of family and close ties between its international members.” Its declared aim is to “distribute Krav Maga to all sectors of society,” while “the strong ties between the various IKMF branches exposes IKMF headquarters to information on a daily basis, which allows us to learn of new challenges each sector encounters.”

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