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PAGE 14A By Arieh O'Sullivan The Media Line After 9/11, American law enforcement had to move quickly to get their expertise up to deal with terrorism. Countering terrorism was nothing new to the Israelis, who have accumulated de- cades of experience trying to provide security for its citizens, who have suffered suicide bombings and armed attacks by militant Palestin- ians and others. During the so-called Second Intifada, over 1,000 Israelis were killed by suicide bombings, but in the last half-dozen years the violence has dropped dramatically, largely due to HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 I U.S. law enforcement chiefs learn in Israel actions by Israel's security forces. Israeli counter-terrorism is so effective that American law enforcement officials visit regularly to learn how to tighten homeland security. It's an eye opener and an opportunity for networking that allows them to develop relationships. "Coming here I knew that Israel had a lot of knowledge on how to combat terrorism," Paul Fitzgerald, a superin- tendant of the Boston Police Department, told The Media Line. "They are pretty much experts from practice, from their history., The U.S. has been facing it for the past 10 years. We have learned that sharing information and Sudoku solution from page 7 coming together on the law enforcement side is critical, and when we work together we are stronger, so [our] best practice opportunity is coming here to learn how the Israelis handle it from their point of view." Groups, like Fitzger- ald's-police chiefs and FBI agents from the north- eastern United States and sponsored by the Anti- Defamation League--are learning first hand the tactics and strategies used to treat mass casualties, perform rescue operations, and establish command and control after terrorist attacks. A senior officer from the Italian National Police Counter Terrorism unit is also participating in the visit. "One of the things that surprised me is that at the At a briefing with top Israel police commanders from the Sharon District near Tel Aviv, they were told that in Israel virtually all casualties are evacuated to hospiJ;als within 15 minutes of an at- lack. This is something that deeply impressed Bonnie Michelman, chief of police at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "It's unbelievable that you can deploy resources within 15 minutes to evacuate people from a scene of ter- ror. It's unheard of, because of the distances, because of the problems ... of getting people to the scene in the United StateS," Michelman told The Media Line. "It's quite fascinating here that it can be done so fast and so efficiently and so well." This group visited the trauma center at Hadassah Rosenfeld says there has been an increase in requests by police and counter-ter- rorism units abroad to learn from the Israelis. "This is something that began after the terrible incident of 9/11 almost a decade ago, but since then we have moved on a Iongway and we work continuougly throughout the year. We have delegations that come over not just to hear about our police units, but actually to workwith our police units, train with our police units and give them the informa- tion that we can help and support and make America a safe place," Rosenfeld said. Complacency is one of the enemies of counter- terrorism, and it seems the experts believe terrorism will be with us fora long time to come. Michelman says that mander of the New Hamp- shire State Police, says just being in Israel has shown him there was a lot to learn. "It's really been an eye- opener. We attend various training in the States on terrorism and counter- terrorism issues but never have I ever learned as much as I have just by looking and observing as I have been in the country," Quinn said. "The common theme that I've heard here is that you've got to 'check your ego at the door.' You've got to work together and share intel- ligence. One of the things that has amazed me is the "ability of the Israelis to get in and clean up these crimes so quickly to allow the com- munity to get on with their life;" Quinn says. These senior U.S. law en- forcement officers will now scene of an incident the MedicalCenterinJerusalem, the further America moves go back to their cities and 3 4 7 6 5 1 9 2 8 Israeli nationalpoliceare which has notched up a rich from 9/11, the more compla- states and try to apply what in control of the entire sifu- experience in dealing with cent the public becomes to they've been able to learn ation, whether it is fire or mass casualties. They also counter terrorist measures, from their Israeli counter- 1 9 2 3 4 7 5 6 whatever, they,command met with first responders "People in the United parts. Inspector Burke, of the whole scene,' saidBrian and learned about the psy- Statesarenotaswillingtobe the NYPD intelligence unit, 5 6 8 7 2 9 4 3 1 Burke, an inspector for the chological impact of terror inconvenienced as they are dismisses the idea that the. New York Police Depart- attacks, here. Until the time people wave of terror has passed.   7' 5 O 4 ment. "It would be a little The Israelis are more than Understand and can focus "It'll never be over," he 2 1 bit difficult in New York, willing to share their ex- on this and have a better ap- says. "It is going to endure with the various agencies, pertise. Supt. Micky Rosen- preciation for the potential, and we are going to have 8 6 2 4 3 1 9 7 to do that. But it is definitely feld, Israeli Police National I thinkwe are going to be in to continue. There is a say= something that we ha'e to spokesman, arranged for the trouble,' Michelman says. "I ing that the more we move strive for, that there be one group to join a police shore " think [these missions] are away from 9/11 the closer 4 7 9 8 " 1 5 2 6 3 unified command.' patrol intheMediterranean critical, not only to learn we move to 9/10, which Americans have seen waters off Tel Aviv to show the best from the best, but means people will forget, 9 2 1 4 3 8 6 "7.i 5 smaller scale at[acks in the the measures taken to pro- understanding how we can whereas the Israeli people past decade but nothing ap- tect Israelis from sea-borne dothingsdifferentlyaswell.' don't forget because it's a ,v 8 5 1 6 2 9 proaching the scale of 9/11. terror attacks. Col. Robert Quinn, corn- recurring thing." But these chiefs of police and 3 Sheriffsfeelitisonlyamatter The Eulogizer Lobbyist 6 4 5 7 8 1 2 oftime until terrorists strike " again in a big way. : jp Temple Israel's Adult tducation Committee Announces A Community Scholar-in'Residence Event with Sue Fis00off Award-winning author of The Rebbe's Army and, most recently, Kosher Nation Saturday, November 19, 2011 12:30 pm "Judaism in a Nutshell" with Sue Fishkoff following 9:30 am Shabbat ServiCes Topic: Being Jewish in the 21 st Century (in the Social Hall) 7:00 pm Havdalah Service in the sanctuary followed by a lecture and discussion with Sue Fishkoff Topic: Kosher Nation with emphasis on current food trends Dessert reception in the social hall immediately afterwards. ! The community is cordially invited to these vents at no charge.  This program is supported by Temple Israel's Byron Selber Memorial LectureFund. i I Phone: 407-647-3055 / E-mail: templeisrael@tiflorida.org / Website: www.tiflorida.org  /  - Address: 50 S. Moss Road Winter Springs, Florida.32708  chemist and deli owner By Alan D. Abbey JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Eulogizer highlights the life accomplishments of famous and not-so-famous Jews who have passed away recently. Maria Gilson, 60, ex-Capitol Hill lobbyist Marla Gilson, a Capitol Hill presence for decades with stints working for Hadassah, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and several Democratic Party campaigns. died Oct. 29 at 60. Gilson, who had acute leukemia, died after entering hospice care. Last winter, hundreds of Gilson's friends, colleagues and Jews who had heard about her illness registered as bone marrow donors through drives organized on her behalf. A bone mar- row donor was identified*for Gilson before the screenings took place, but the screenings went forward nevertheless in her honor. "She would walk on hot coals for the Jewish people, and she has never been shy about speaking out on behalf of others," Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder of The Is- rael Project and a friend of Gilson's, told JTA in March. Gilson's disease became well known after she was fired by her latest employer, the Association of Jewish Aging Services. when she asked to be allowed to work from home this summer hile recovering from a bone marrow proce- dure in April. Friends, colleagues and ac- quaintances in Washington's Jewish community rallied to Gilson's bedside to support her fight to retain her job and to champion the cause registering Ashkenazi Jews as potential bone marrow donors. Herbert A. Hauptman, 94, Nobel-winning chemist Herbert A.. Hauptman, winner of a Nobel Prize in chemistry and numerous other awards for his research into the structure of crystals and molecules, died Oct. 23 at94 in Amherst, N.Y. He had lived andworked there for de- cades heading up a research institute that now bears his name, the Hauptman- Woodward Medical Research Institute. Hauptman never invented a drug or medicine, but "his research made it easier for other scientists to develop thousands of drugs and medi- cal procedures to treat a wide array of illnesses," wrote his hometown paper, the Buffalo News. The New York Times wrote that the main ideas on which Hauptman and his part- ners worked were poorly understood and made few converts for at least 15 years after they were published in the 1950s. but they are now used by crystallographers throughout the world to study molecules whose structures were previously inaccessible. The methods they developed "were particularly useful for researchers working with hormones, antibiotics and vitamins." and offered a "clear picture of the struc- ture of hormones and other biological molecules" that allow researchers to better understand the chemistry of the body and of drugs used to treat various illnesses. Sanford 'Corky' Kurland, 81, legendary deli owner Sanford"Corky" Kurland, a Cleveland-area legend for hav- ing run Corky and Lenny's, a classic "Jewish" deli, for more than 50 years, died Oct. 22 at 81. Corky and Lenny's was listed in a 2006 article in USA Today as one of "10 great places to nosh on authentic Jewish dell food," in part for its "chocolate phosphate," the drink better known as an egg cream. The restaurant's homespun website offers this as its slogan: "Whre people meet to eat." "We've "been getting calls from all over the country," said Kurlaaad's son, Kenny, a co-owner of the restaurant. "Everybody loved my father. He was so nice to everybody. He was the salt of the earth, just an honest, good guy." The Cleveland Jewish News reported that 600 attended his funeral, where Rabbi Stephen Weiss of B'nai Jeshurun Con- gregation, who met Kurland on his first visit to the res- taurant, said he "reached out to everyone and made them feel like they were important. Corky knew everyone who came in the door." Kurland had worked with his father on a food truck and helped in the family grocery store. He worked at a restaurant and was a chef in the U.S. Army. Write to the Eulogizer at eulogizer@fla.org.