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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 12, 2011 Washington Institute's se- nior fellow analyzing coun- terterrorism who hosted Giuliano, said the U.S. government has been con- cerned about the possibility of an increase in violence from extremists since the election of Barack Obama as president. "It was the first time an African American was elected president, and it was a shot in the arm" to white supremacist extrem- ists, he said. Levitt, who was a coun- terterrorism analyst for the U.S. Treasury in the mid- 2000s, said the FBI's focus is still on Islamist terror, but that it's not neglecting homegrown threats. "They are focusing on Norway From page IA racial supremacists, and international and domestic terrorist groups," it said, "and since the September 11 attacks, we have faced an expanded range of plots and attacks in the United States inspired or directed by al- Qaeda and its affiliates and adherents as well as other violent extremists." In an interview with JTA, the FBI spokeswoman would not comment on whether the United States has seen an increase in extremism or if there was a focus on particular regions of the country. Matthew Levitt, the Bookbinder that the cruel ravages of age on his brilliant mind would not have stood in the way of a fascinating conversation. I will miss Hyman Book- binder dearly. Rick Geller, an attorney with Fishback Dominick in Winter Park, credits Hyman Bookbinder with encouraging him to attend law school. From page 4A Bookie would live to see an African-American elected President. I regret not reach- ing out to speak with him these last few years to talk about our society's transfor- mation from his days demon- strating with Martin Luther King, Jr. I would like to believe Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington Civil rights leaders Roy Wilkins (!) and A. Philip Randolph (second from left) joined Hyman Bookbinder on a picket line outside Glen Echo amusement park in 1960. Bookbinder, then an AFL-CIO lobbyist, joined with other Jewish neighbors and Howard University students in protesting the whites- only policy of the popular suburban Maryland park. After a summer of protests, the park quietly desegregated when it re-opened the next spring. jihadi networks, which are by any measure the major threat," Levitt said, but noting that Giuliano at the April 16 meeting at the institute "made it a point that the bureau stills has an independent section focused on domestic ter- rorism." The Southern Poverty Law Center says the atten- tion paid to domestic ter- rorism is inadequate, "Are we safe from the threat of right-wing ter- rorism?" Mark Potok, the director of publications for the center, rhetorically asks in the latest issue of Intelligence Report, its signature publication. "As the Patriot movement that wreaked so much havoc in the 1990s comes roar- ing back and hate groups Hillel From page 1A head of the recently formed Center for Israel Engagement, which operates under Hillel's auspices. Ashley introduced the initiative, called Talk Israel, at Hillel's annual confer- ence last week, held this year at Washington Univer- sity in St. Louis. The tents, set to go up for a full day sometime in late September, are part of Hillel's response to the expected vote on Palestin- ian statehood at the United Nations in September. The tents might involve a video linkwith speakers as well as other common resources, but each campus on its own will decide the crux of the tent's activities. Hillel has not yet chosen which campuses will get a tent. "The tent has got flaps, but at the same time it's open," Wayne Firestone, Hillel's president, said in his plenary address at the conference. "It's open in the sense that we want to be open and inviting Trash talk From page 10A the scene in Cambridge to become chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, the pace of the book slows a bit. There were many scholars warring for a chance to have a crack PAGE 19A soar to record levels, is the American population being protected adequately?" To underscore the threat, the law center ran an accompanying list of planned and success- ful homegrown terrorist attacks since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that is top-heavy with events since June 2008, when Obama emerged as the presidential front- runner. Of the 31 events listed since June '08, only one is by a purely indig- enous Muslim group. The rest were carried out by an array of militias and lone wolves seemingly motivated by anti-gov- ernment, anti-abortion, anti-Muslim and racist rhetoric. Some of the attacks had an anti-Semitic compo- nent, including the 2009 slaying of three Pittsburgh policemen by an extremist obsessed with the notion of a "cabal" of Jews running the United States, and the fatal shooting that same year at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Left off the law center's list are recent planned attacks by groups or indi- viduals backed by overseas Islamists--for instance, the 2010 Times Square bombing attempt. Paki- stani extremists might have funded that attempt, authorities have said. The group listed 23 at- tacks from Sept. 11, 2001 until Obama's emergence as the likely president. Other groups that track extremists say it doesn't help much to track one extreme separately from another; a holistic strategy is required. "We have extremists across the ideological spec- trum in this country," said Oren Segal, the co-director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extrem- ism. "To describe one threat as more dangerous than another is not a luxury we have." Levitt of the Washington Institute agreed. "A lot of the efforts the bureau and others have done have been efforts to constrict the environment whatever the ideology," he said, citing as an example tracking the sale of quanti- ties of fertilizer that could be used to build a large bomb. to students that want to engage in conversations about Israel that we are so passionate about, and we refuse to allow ourselves to be marginalized and polar- ized by those on the edges and outside the tent." Ashley, a former journal- ist and longtime resident of Israel, said she hoped tent visitors would come away with a sense that the Jew- ish state is more than just the conflict. Other than the existence of Israel itself, she said any issue is up for discussion. Opinions can be offered freely as long as the bounds of civility are observed. "You are welcome in this tent to ask questions, but you can't have all the answers," she said. "This is not a one-off event. This is hopefully something that can be replicated in the spring." More than 400 students from U.S. Hillels came to St. Louis for the confer- ence, and they were joined by about as many profes- sionals from the Jewish campus group. Washington University was hosting the weeklong event for a second consecutive year. In his speech, Firestone also spoke about using social networking to con- nect Jews, calling Hillel the "Facebook of the Jewish people" and talking about how the models for engag- ing young Jews increasingly are bottom-up rather than top down. They focus on students not as passive consumers, he said, but as active "prosumers" who bring content and meaning to the interaction. Aaron Weil, a St. Louis native who now heads the Pittsburgh Hillel, said he thought the conference was valuable. "It gives colleagues the opportunity to connect with one another," said Weil, who was honored with Hillel's Exemplar of Excel- lence Award. "One of the challenges of Hillel i~ that because we are so spread out around the world, it can be easy to get stuck in a silo mentality where all you know is what you see and experience on a day- to-day basis." Arielle Weil, a 19-year-old art student at Elon Uni- versity in North Carolina, said the conference allowed her to understand the best ways to interact with the few Jewish students on her small campus. "We're learning new techniques to reach out to them initially at the beginning of the school year as well as to have more conversations that build relationships, not just to get them to come to Hil- lel but to get them to feel more comfortable at the university itself," she said. Desiree Soleymani, a 21-year-old psychology major from UCLA, said she felt refreshed by the event and ready to return to her campus and accomplish new objectives. "I feel lilCe the staff has taken the opportunity to get to know us and ask us ques- tions as students,'~he said. "It's nice to feel valued and like my opinions matter." at the genizah treasures, and Hoffman and Cole provide detailed biographies of each of these eccentric characters and the various parts they played in uncovering what all this mountain of writing meant. But throughout "Sacred Trash," the intellectual excite- ment never flags, since, in the end, the revelations the genizah provided altered our conception of what Jewish life was like in the ancient world and beyond. No manuscript discovery would rival it until Bedouin shepherds in the early 1950s stumbled upon the urns containing the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves at Qumran. Robert Leiter is literary editor of the (Philadelphia) Jewish Exponent, from which this article was reprinted by permission. Security From page llA summer camp personnel to have .planned safety routes 62165 96587 73429 58391 19234 ill 47658 24716 35942 61873 in the event of an incident, and walkie-talkies planted in strategic places for effective communication. 3974 4132 1865 6247 7658 2391 9583 8716 5429 "Sending our children to camps and overseas and to Israel--that should never stop," said Goldenberg, a former counterterrorism adviser to New Jersey's state government, "but we need to be more vigilant and train those who are responsible and accompanying our children." So-called lone wolves are an increasing concern for law-enforcement authorities because advance detection of a plot through wiretapping and similar measures is not possible. "Some people recognize that based on a lot of the plotters and conspiracies that have been foiled, it is more likely you're going to get caught if you have con- spirators," said Oren Segal, the co-director of the Anti- Defamation League's Center on Extremism. "Lone wolf attacks are most concerning, as they don't fall into one or another movement." Groups like the ADL track extremism, particularly on the Internet, which has facili- tated the empowerment and exchange of extremist ideas. "The fact that people are reading ideologies and being influenced online poses a serious threat," Segal said. "Extremist movements tend to ebb and flow. There have been spikes by those moti- vated by militant Islam; at other times we've seen spikes in anti-government types." Breivik's anti-Muslim ex- tremism"seems to represent a developing ideology," he said. "It's not isolated." The Southern Poverty Law Center along with Daryl Johnson, a former Homeland Security official, has accused the Obama and George W. Bush administrations of not aggressively tracking right- wing extremism and instead focusing more on Islamic extremists. Johnson left Homeland Security after conservatives assailed as an attack on free speech a 2009 report he au- thored on the increased likeli- hood of attacks in the wake of the election of the first black president. The department squelched the report and shut down Johnson's unit. Heidi Beirich, the research director of the Southern Pov- erty Law Center, said Breivik was influenced by the online writings 0fAmericans such as Pam Geller and Robert Spen- cer, who see Islam generally, and not an extremist offshoot, as a threat to democracy and freedom. "We're concerned that as the Sept. 11 10th anniversary comes up, someone may at- tack government buildings or Muslims," Beirich said. "We understand the threat from Islamists, but there is also a threat from people motivated by anti-government beliefs." The Homeland Security official told JTA that the department had not dropped its tracking of right-wing extremists in the wake of the shutdown of Johnson's unit, and that such monitoring had been incorporated into other departments. Michael German, theAmer- ican Civil Liberties Union's counsel on security and a for- mer FBI agent who infiltrated neo-Nazi and skinhead ~r0ups from 1988 to 2004, said that Johnson's report was useful in many respects, but com- mitted the flaw of tracking ideology instead of extremist activity. "The way you go about it," German said, "is focusing on illegal behavior rather than people's beliefs or ideologies."