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ADL Presents A Glimpse Into The Mind of The Suicide Bomber, Offers Examination of the Effects of Suicide Terror with New Book

New York, N.Y., March 13, 2002 ... Speaking directly to the fears and threats posed by suicide terrorists, both in the United States and abroad, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) announce the publication of Countering Suicide Terrorism, designed to provide insight into the phenomenon of suicide terrorism.

Cover-Countering Suicide Terrorism

"September 11 proved to Americans that acts of suicide terrorism are possible on our shores and are not limited to Israel or any other foreign nation," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Countering Suicide Terrorism examines the roots and the psychological effects of suicide terror, the extreme form of Islam that promotes it and offers ways and means to which communities can cope with these terrorists' total disregard for human life."

The book was developed following ICT's international conference, held in February 2000, on the subject, which brought together academic experts and counter-terrorism professionals in order to compare the ways and means of countering the threat of suicide terrorism. This book is the result of the collaboration of professors, law enforcement and intelligence community officials and terror experts from around the world.

"Terrorists use suicide attacks to instill a feeling of helplessness in the target population - the notion that they have no way of protecting themselves against such attacks," said Boaz Ganor, ICT Executive Director. "In their ability to implement their attack at precisely the time and place where it will cause the maximum number of casualties and the greatest damage, the suicide bomber is virtually guaranteed success."

ADL and ICT joined forces in November 2001 as part of a new initiative to bring information on terrorism to policymakers, law enforcement and the public. Based in Israel, ICT 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 partnership has been 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.

Countering Suicide Terrorism, which was originally published in Hebrew, can be purchased online from ADL or at Barnes & Noble booksellers nationwide and on the Web at

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