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.
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
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 »
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 »
A 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 »
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 »
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.”
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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 State Department report calls Israel a “committed counter-terrorism partner” throughout 2014, detailing operations taken by the Israeli Navy and IDF.
By MICHAEL WILNER
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 »
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 »
15 U.S. participants from 6 North-East states begin a counter-terrorism training program in Israel.
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 »
The latest IDF anti-terror arrest in the Hevron region unveiled a sizable weapons & munitions storehouse in someone’s home.
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 »