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Glenn Greenwald implies Israeli connection to unrest in Ferguson

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On Thursday, journalist Glenn Greenwald issued a tweet implying an Israeli connection to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Jeff Dunetz said at his blog, Yid with Lid.

"St. Louis County Police Chief, in 2011, on visiting Israel to learn about police tactics from the Israelis," Greenwald tweeted. He linked to a document posted Thursday morning by Trita Parsi, founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council.

"Wondering why the excessive police violence?" Parsi asked. "Here's a guess: #Ferguson police chief got training in Israel." The implication is clear: Israel is somehow to blame for what happened in Ferguson after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot.

There's only one problem. As Dunetz noted, Tim Fitch is no longer the St. Louis County police chief, having announced his retirement last December. Moreover, Parsi was incorrect when he claimed the Ferguson police chief was in Israel. Apparently, facts don't seem to matter when there's a left-wing agenda to advance.

A number of people took Greenwald to task for his attempt to link the situation in Ferguson to Israel. Many saw the tweet as anti-Semitic and a pathetic attempt to attack the Jews.

"Visited Israel: Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Einstein, & @BarackObama," one person said. "Guess they learned their tactics from Israel, too."

"Everything in the world is not Israel's fault," another person said. "Hamas isn't even Israel's fault. Stop blaming ISRAEL!!!"

Dunetz said it's not the first time Greenwald has exhibited anti-Semitism. According to Dunetz, Greenwald has promoted the idea that Jews control the government while questioning the loyalty of Jewish-Americans. In 2010, for example, he called former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., an "Israel-Firster" for saying the U.S. should stand up for Israel. Dunetz also posted excerpts from two other articles he said shows Greenwald's anti-Semitism. Twitchy responded to the tweet by saying Greenwald and his ilk "need to give it a rest."

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