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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 12, 2011 PAGE 11A Security experts: To prevent extremist violence, look at behavior, not ideology By Run Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Focus on behaviors common to all extremists: That's the advice security experts are offering in the wake of the recent attacks in Norway by a perpetrator who appeared to be anti-Muslim rather than an Islamist. In the United States, the attacks in Oslo and on the island of Utoya are prompt- ing government officials and those advising the Jewish community on security to look for lessons that can be applied to America. The Secure Community Network, known as SCN and funded by the Jewish Federa- tions of North America, set up a conference call 1st week for Jewish summer camp of- ficials with a top Homeland Security Department official. Most of the 77 people killed in Norway died in a shoot- ing attack at a youth camp on Otoya. SCN in its notice to camp officials said the call, sched- uled forAug. 3, was to "discuss planning, mitigation and response policies and proce- dures camps can implement to address the risk, threat and impact of active shooter and other events." Anders Behring Breivik has claimed responsibility for the Norway attacks but has pleaded not guilty, saying the killings were justified. Whether one is a right-wing or Islamic extremist, the tell- tale signs of a possible attack in the works may be the same, a senior Homeland Security official told JTA. The likely attacker is "an individual becoming increas- ingly vocal and visible in their anti-American, anti-Jewish community, anti-government rhetoric"--whatever the prov- enance of their beliefs, said the official, who spoke on condition ofnotbeing named. That was true, the official noted, of Faisai Shahzad, the Islamist convicted of attempt- ing to set off a car bomb in Times Square in May 2010, as it was of Richard Poplawski, the white supremacist on death row for killing three Pittsburgh policemen in 2009. Past and current U.S. gov- ernment security officials laid out three interlocking strate- gies for prevention: Getting family and acquaintances to report such behavioral changes; getting others in the community to note suspicious behavior around likely targets; and making sure such reports are streamlined so that local and federal authorities are able to coordinate a response. "We seek through intel- ligence and information- sharing to better inform local authorities and community members to recognize the behaviors associated with violence," the Homeland Security official said. In reports after the Pitts- burgh shootings, friends and family of Poplawski said they had noted, but not made an issue of, his legal weapons purchases as well as his pro- pensity for anti-government, racist and anti-Semitic rheto- ric. The Homeland Security official said the department was examining the Norway attacks and assessing the information, just as it had previous attacks. After an attack, the official said, "we look at events that occurred, what people had ob- served, whether community members, family members saw something that was present that would have fore- warned" of an attack. Those reports are then forwarded to CTeen to open 2 Orlando chapters Security Community Network A poster campaign sponsored in part by the Jewish community's Security Community Network urges Jews to keep an eye out for suspicious objects. local authorities so "they're more sensitized to it." Another element is edu- cating the target commu- nity, said SEN director Paul Goldenberg. The Homeland Security Department's re- cently launched "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign in the Jewish com- munity is critical, he said. Goldenberg said that po- tential assailants tend to look at previous attacks for inspiration, which is what made Breivik's assault on the Labor Party youth camp so exceptional. Some of his victims were as young as 14. "What's remarkable is that this individual sought to kill children, and that is a wake- up call for our community and any other community to do all they can to ensure that wherever our children gather and congregate would be apo- tential location for someone who wants to cause direct harm to the heart~ and souls of the Jewish community," Goldenberg said. The Homeland Security official identified patterns of behavior around synagogues and other Jewish community buildings that merit reporting to the authorities: "multiple instances of appearances" by a stranger "in an entrance or exit area, parked cars that are in places that are unusual-- places that people walk past as they enter a JCC, an individual trying to monitor activities, maybe photographing secu- rity personnel, photograph- ing the building in a way that doesn't seem typical of someone who's interested in architecture." It is also critical to train staff to know what to do in case of an attack, Goldenberg said. SCN has trained Jewish Security on page 19A Some Chabad teens at a camp beach trip. Teens now have more options to get together as 2 CTeen chaptaers are opening in Orlando. The girls pictured are, from left: Malky Lessel, Chani Bergovoy, Hannah Cohen, Samantha Davis, Victoria Kingstone, Celia Bishop, Ricki Gurewicz, Jamie Sheer and Emma Thompson, with Brittany Armbrnst in front. Did you hear the news? The internationally acclaimed CTeen network is coming to Orlando. CTeen is reportedly the fastest growing Jewish teen network in the world today with chapters in more than 50 cities around the world. Starting for the 2011-2012 school year there will be two chapters in metro Orlando. "CTeen harnesses the in- credible potential of teenagers with awesome programs that bring teens together to give back to their communities and the environment," says Chanshy Majesky of Chabad of North Orlando. "CTeen events, including community service activities, debate ses- sions, trips and Shabbatons on a local and national scale, are a great opportunity to have fun with friends and have a Jewish educational experience, while feeling good about making this world a better place. There will be one on the south end of town in conjunction with Chabad of South Orlando. The other will be in the north part of town andwill be a joint effort of Chabad of Greater Orlando as well as Chabad of North Orlando." "Cteen is built on the belief in the power of youth and aims to transform the teen years into a time of purpose and self-discovery," says Rabbi Yanky Majesky, "It's also about encourag- ing these young people to take a leadership role in bettering the world around them. We offervolunteer opportunities, times to give back, educa- tional events and plenty of fun times," adds Rabbi Yosef Konikov. A kickoff barbecue for the North chapter will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the home of Rabbi Yanky and Chanshy Majesky. CTeen North Orlando is for teens ages 13 -14 andwill be directed by the Majeskys as well as Rabbi Ed Leibowitz. For more information on CTeen North Orlando, visit www.JewishNorthOrlando. com/CTeen. To RSVP call the office at 407-878-3011 or email Rabbi@JewishNorthOr- lando.com. The kickoff for the South Orlando chapter will begin with a barbecue at Chabad Center on Universal Boule- vard at 5 p.m. on Wednesdy, Aug. 24. Afterward, the teens will ride two blocks to the Hard Rock Live Matisyahu concert at 7p.m. CTeen South Orlando is for teens ages 13- 17. CTeen membership will include a discounted ticket to the Matisyahu concert. For more information on CTeen South Orlando and to RSVP for this event call the office at 407-354-3660, ext. 0. or email contact@JewishOr- lando.com.