Tag Archive for Counter-terrorism

52 American police officers arrive to train in counter-terrorism by Israel Police

During the US delegation’s stay based at the Beit Shemesh police academy, they will participate in multiple counterterrorism training exercises, meet with elite units, and be briefed by Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich before concluding at the annual 9/11 memorial service outside of Jerusalem.



For the second consecutive year, the Police Unity Tour, a delegation of 52 American law-enforcement officers from 12 states, arrived in Israel to train in counterterrorism techniques and attend an annual 9/11 memorial service outside Jerusalem.

According to the delegation’s leader, Michael Safris, chief of the Essex County’s Sheriff’s Office Deputy Division, the Police Unity Tour was established in 1997 to honor officers killed in the line of duty. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Caught London terrorist was ‘humanitarian’ on Gaza 2010 flotilla ship Mavi Marmara


Khalid Omar Ali, arrested with concealed knives near the parliament on Thursday, claimed to have been an activists aboard the Mavi Marmara, where IDF soldiers were attack with knives and metal rods.

By i24NEWS


The man arrested carrying knives close to the parliament in London on Thursday, was on board a Gaza flotilla ship raided by Israeli soldiers in 2010, the Reuters news agency reports.

The man, named by sources to the agency as 27-year-old Khalid Omar Ali, is being held in custody on suspicion of terrorism offense and possession of an offensive weapon. British police said that he was being monitored by security services, and was arrested as part of a security operation. Continue Reading »

World experts met in Israel to discuss terrorism and social media


Counter-terrorism experts from all over the world who met in Israel this week suggest compiling a list of keywords used on social media that would serve as red flags of terrorist inclinations.

By Nadav Shragai


This week, when the world was remembering the 2,996 victims of the September 11,2001 attacks, hundreds of senior figures in the field of anti-terrorism convened in Herzliya. The gathering was a prestigious one: the 16th International Conference of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the  Herzliya. Dozens of panels and seminars sparked interest. But the security, defense, and intelligence professionals in attendance know better than anyone that conferences don’t defeat terrorism — at most, they can raise awareness of it. Continue Reading »

France mulls adopting Israeli-style administrative detention to deter terrorism


A French opposition MP, who’s a top counter-terror expert, advocates adopting a controversial Israel-style administrative detention to deter terrorism, as France is faced with new terror threats.



A top French counter-terror expert dropped a political bombshell Wednesday saying “we need to have administrative detention” and adding that he will visit Israel’s detention center at Ofer Prison as a potential future model.

The official, French opposition MP Georges Fenech made the surprising comments at the IDC Herzliya Conference on Counter-Terrorism on the university’s campus.

Fenech, who heads the French Parliamentary Special Commission into terror attacks in France, said “I know as a judge that it is hard” to reduce civil liberties. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Legislative Architects on the ‘War on Terror’


In recent years, mainly due to the increase in Europe’s radical Islamic terrorism, Israeli jurists have become the world’s most in-demand lecturers in dealing with counter-terrorism legislation.

By Tova Tzimuki


Of all of Israel’s specialties, one field of exports is matchless, and global demand for it only continues to grow: the war on terror.

Last week, Deputy Attorney General Raz Nazari completed the drafting of a bill to combat terrorism. This task was remarkably complex, as the facts did not cease changing, the challenges and requirements kept being modified, and time and time again, Nazari had to update the wording to adapt to the current situation and the recent wave of terrorism. Continue Reading »

WATCH: World Seeks Israeli Technology For Fighting Global Terrorism


view videoA few Israeli companies have developed advanced solutions in fighting terrorism more effectively & without security personnel being placed in harm’s way, for example, an automatic interrogation of suspects at airports, advanced cameras with ‘In Motion Identification’ recognition software, & radar that pinpoints drones in sensitive air-space.

By Moshe Glantz


Attacks on airports have always been among terrorist organizations’ preferred objectives, leading to increased security. But from time to time, despite the investment of billions on security personnel and a range of security measure, terrorists still manage to strike. Brussels was the latest casualty, sending shockwaves throughout Europe.

Airport entrance – Photo:GettyImages

Ben-Gurion International Airport is considered one of the safest airports in the world, which led to unprecedented interest in security measures developed in Israel, with several Israeli companies now selling their wares all over the world. Continue Reading »

ISIS Attacks on Vatican & Israeli Embassy in Rome Foiled by Italian Security Forces


Italian authorities successfully thwarted an ISIS attack on the Israeli Embassy in Rome & the Vatican, but 2 members of the cell have left Italy & entered ISIS controlled territory.

By Associated Press


Arrest warrants were issued for six people affiliated with ISIS on Thursday evening, four of which planned to attack the Israeli Embassy in Rome and the Vatican.

Two of the Muslim terrorists who planned to carry out an attack on the Israeli Embassy in Rome – Photo: EPA

Milan prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli told reporters that investigators intercepted communications from within ISIS held territory ordering attacks in Italy, “with particular attention to the city of Rome” and focusing on the Holy Year pilgrimage now underway. Continue Reading »

Fox Reports: Israeli Terrorist-Tracking Technology Boycotted by French Official


Israel counter-terrorism program that may have helped thwart the deadly November 2015 attacks that left 130 dead in Paris & also the March bombings in Brussels that killed over 30 people was liked by “French authorities…but the official came back & said there was a higher-level instruction not to buy Israeli technology.”



Terrorist-tracking technology offered by an Israeli company to French security officials could have helped detect the Islamic State terror cells that carried out attacks in Paris last year and more recently in Brussels, Fox News on Monday cited an anonymous Israeli security expert as saying. Continue Reading »

New Washington Report Lists Terror Proxies Funded by Iran That Targets Israel

New State Department report calls Israel a “committed counter-terrorism partner” throughout 2014, detailing operations taken by the Israeli Navy and IDF.



WASHINGTON — Despite facing costly obstacles from the Syrian civil war, Iran continued its arming and funding of terror proxies targeting Israel throughout 2014 largely unabated, the US government found in a report released on Friday.

Iranian navy ship. – Photo: REUTERS

The State Department report— an annual accounting of organized terrorism worldwide— asserts that Iran has continued, if not expanded, its operations beyond its historical focus on Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, to a limited number of operations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as to “various groups throughout the Middle East.”

“Iran has historically provided weapons, training, and funding to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups, including Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC),” the report reads. Continue Reading »

Counter-Suicide-Terrorism Survey Supports Israeli House Demolitions Deters Terrorists

Study performed by prestigious int’l political journal finds that contrary to the popular condemnations, Israel’s controversial security measure did save lives.

By Israel Today Staff


Israel takes a lot of flak for demolition the houses of Palestinian terrorists who carried out successful attacks against Israelis. But a new survey by a respected international journal found that the policy had been successful, and, therefore, had saved many lives.

Israel Police stand by building demolition – Image source: Israel Today

Appearing in the latest issue of the Journal of Politics, the study titled “Counter-Suicide-Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions” was jointly prepared by researchers at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Northwestern University in Chicago. Continue Reading »

Due to possible terror threat in Turkey, gov’t warns Israelis to stay away


Morocco & Turkey,  popular destinations where tens of thousands of Israelis have visited,  appears on Israel’s Counterterrorism Bureau’s semi-annual travel advisory. Gov’t asks Israelis to mix up their routines while abroad.

By Shlomo Cesana


The Israeli government issued an unequivocal travel advisory on Monday warning Israelis to avoid visiting Turkey, a popular vacation destination for Israelis over the summer and during the coming Jewish holidays.

Israelis told to leave Sinai immediately over security threat


Counter-terrorism Bureau & Foreign Ministry define threat as very high and imminent, reiterating warnings against being in the Sinai for fear Israelis may be targeted and/or kidnapped by terror groups operating in the area.

By Israel Hayom Staff


Israeli tourists are again being urged not to travel to the Sinai Peninsula, as the volatile security situation there sparks renewed concerns that they may be targeted by terror groups operating in the area.

IDF Safeguarding Israel in the shadows

The IDF’s counter-terrorism school gives  a glimpse into its amazing world.

IN THE shadows, away from the public glare, several elite combat units operate to safeguard Israel’s security.
A counter-terrorism instructor holds his weapon at the IDF’s Mitkan Adam base near Modi’in.

A counter-terrorism instructor holds his weapon at the IDF’s Mitkan Adam base near Modi’in. – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Some gather intelligence behind enemy lines, others are sent to secure a strategic site, form Israel’s first response to hostage situations, while still others rescue soldiers in trouble.
Some units receive classified missions that will never be known to the public.But all of them have one thing in common – they train at the IDF’s counter-terrorism school at the Mitkan Adam base, near Modi’in.Headed by Lt.-Col.
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US Law Enforcement Officials in Israel for Counter-Terrorism Training

15 U.S. participants from 6 North-East states begin a counter-terrorism training program in Israel.

By Rachel Hirshfeld


A delegation of law enforcement executives from the United States is participating this week in a counter-terrorism training program in Israel sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.

The 15 participants from Connecticut, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are meeting with commanders from the Israel National Police, security experts and intelligence analysts to learn how the nation prevents and responds to terror attacks.

The group is attending high-level briefings on the operational response to terrorism, border and airport security, maintaining safety and access to holy sites, the role of advanced technology in policing, and the effective use of the media during a crisis. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Anti-Terror Campaign Nets Private Weapons Caché

The latest IDF anti-terror arrest in the Hevron region unveiled a sizable weapons & munitions storehouse in someone’s home.

By Maayana Miskin


The IDF has been stepping up its fight against Hamas in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) in wake of the recent open battle with Hamas in Gaza. Earlier this week troops went to arrest a terror suspect in Hevron and ended up finding a weapons warehouse in a private home.

First Lieutenant Erez Korach told Arutz Sheva about the mission. “We got an order about a house where a suspect was hiding… We got to the house, closed him in, and burst in.”

“As we broke in the wanted man jumped from one of the windows with a gun. Continue Reading »