Seven of United States allies, UK, New Zealand, Croatia, Ireland, Bahamas, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates have warned citizens to avoid visiting United States or be very careful while in the US as result of recent police shooting of Black and Asian men in Louisiana, Minnesota, Orlando, and Dallas. The assassination-style killings have led to major protests in the US, putting the US at the center of international attention over police brutality and racism. In the past, FBI, AJC, and ADL have claimed the US internal law enforcement officers receive anti-protest training from Israeli military officials.
Washington is famous for using such travelling-bans against countries where it wants pro-Israel regime changes such as in Syria, Libya, and Ukraine. Applying similar tactics, the governments in those seven countries have urged its students and other citizens in the US to be careful.
Six of the countries warned their citizens to stay away from anti-government rallies in order to avoid becoming victims of ‘trigger-happy’ American security officials. On the other hand, British warning was particularly for the safety of its LGBT citizens who’re mostly pro-Israel.
“The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi,” said a statement from Home Secretary Theresa May office.
On June 12, 2016, an Afghan-American gay Omer Mateen shot and killed 49 gays in an Orlando gay nightclub including Antonio Devon Brown who was killed in a police encounter three years ago.
Bahrain and UAE warning was based on recent police violence against Blacks, and killing of five policemen during an anti-police protest rally in Dallas on last Friday.
Alton Sterling, 37, was pinned down by police and shot dead in the south-eastern city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana last Tuesday. Less than 24 hours later, police killed 32-year-old motorist Philando Castile in front of his girlfriend and her young daughter as he reached for his ID in St. Paul, Minnesota (here, here).
US police kill approximately 1,000 people per year according to Federal statistics, disproportionately targeting particularly African and Native Americans. The UN expert panel on people of African descent observed this week that these killings “demonstrate a high level of structural and institutional racism. The United States is far from recognizing the same rights for all its citizens.”