ADL and Renowned Counterterrorism Institute Partner in Fight Against Terrorism
New York, NY, November 1, 2001 ... A new counterterrorism effort stressing education and awareness, and made possible by families directly affected by terrorism, was announced today by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at its annual National Commission Meeting in New York City. ADL has joined forces with
the foremost world authority on terrorism, The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) for a new initiative that bring information on terrorism to policymakers, law enforcement and the public.
"This is the beginning of a partnership bringing together the knowledge and expertise of two vital world organizations for programs that educate and raise awareness of terrorism," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "ADL has always been deeply concerned about terrorism in the Middle East and the potential for violence to spillover into the U.S. The nightmare of September 11 has deepened our resolve to fight back, and this partnership is the first step in what we hope will be a long and fruitful collaboration of our two organizations."
Dr. Boaz Ganor, Executive Director of the ICT, said, "After the horrendous attack on America, it has become a clear necessity to wage an international comprehensive campaign against terrorism, headed by the U.S. We are ready to share ICT's views, analyses, research and policy recommendations with all decision-makers, particularly in Israel and the U.S., and we are joining with ADL to facilitate this effort."
Mr. Foxman and Dr. Ganor were joined by families of terror victims in announcing the partnership at ADL's 2001 National Commission Meeting in New York City. ADL and ICT will jointly sponsor a number of activities, including:
- Information sharing. ADL will have access to ICT's resources on terrorism and has made the ICT's Terrorist Organization Database available on its Web site, at www.adl.org/ict.
- ADL will arrange meetings with ICT's staff of terrorism experts and law enforcement, government officials, media and community groups in the U.S.
- ADL will distribute ICT publications in the U.S., including a recent report examining suicide terrorism.
- ADL is considering bringing American law enforcement officials to Israel for meetings on terrorism and counter-terrorism.
- Other projects to be announced.
The partnership is made possible by the Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation of ADL. The foundation was created in 1986 by the Klinghoffer family in response to the killing of Leon Klinghoffer by Palestinian terrorists during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship. Joining the Klinghoffer family in support of this effort are the Duker and Eisenfeld families, whose children, Sara Duker and Matthew Eisenfeld, were victims of a 1996 suicide bus bombing in Jerusalem.
Based in Herzliya, Israel, ICT (www.ict.org.il) is a world-renowned institute studying terrorism. ICT analyses and compiles information on terrorist organizations around the world, and has staff experts on terrorist cells, the psychological impact of terrorism on society, and measures individuals and states can take to prevent terrorism. The ICT is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.