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  • Congress to block Obama’s proposed cuts to anti-terror funding

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 26, 2016 | 8:44 am

    Congress is moving towards passing a Homeland Security budget that will restore $270 million in funds for the Urban Area Security Initiative in the 2017 budget, back to the 2016 funding level of $600 million, Senator Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday.

    Since February, Schumer ...

  • House passes bill to tighten visa waiver program

    December 8, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to tighten restrictions on travel to the United States by citizens of the 38 nations who are allowed to enter the country without obtaining a visa.

    The bill, the second major piece of security legislation approved in...

  • ISIS-inspired lone wolves seen as posing ‘significant’ threat to Jews

    September 16, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Jewish institutions, which have faced attacks in recent years by lone wolves — extremists who draw their inspiration from the like-minded but act on their own — now must be wary of returnees from the Iraq-Syria arena who are trained and indoctrinated by the jihadist group ISIS, top...

  • Israelis Likely to Keep Waiting in Long US Visa Lines in Sherman vs. Boxer

    By Pini Herman

    April 15, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    Los Angeles’ newly re-elected Congressman Brad Sherman's first bill introduced, House Resolution 300 or the Visa Waiver for Israel Act of 2013 is threatened on a new front in addition to earlier issues raised and answered in this blog by Congressman Sherman.

    Sherman’s bill to...

  • Israel to host homeland security conference

    November 1, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Delegates from more than 50 countries will gather in Tel Aviv for a homeland security conference.

    Cyber security, critical infrastructure protection and emergency management will be the focus of the Nov. 11-14 International Conference for Homeland Security, according to Israel...

  • Israel shows off its homeland security technologies to international visitors

    May 14, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    Israel’s security technologies were on display as the country hosted two separate international contingents.

    An Interpol European Regional Conference brought 110 senior law enforcement officers from 49 countries to Tel Aviv, while a homeland security conference drew 37 mayors from...

  • Homeland Security official briefs Jewish leaders after Toulouse

    March 22, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    A top Homeland Security official briefed Jewish groups in the wake of the deadly attack in Toulouse, France.

    Bill Flynn, an assistant undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security, spoke to over 120 leaders in a phone call on Wednesday, two days after lone gunman believed to...

  • Napolitano to Jewish leaders: No imminent threat of attack

    February 9, 2012 | 8:45 am

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and top U.S. security officials told Jewish community leaders there is no imminent threat of an attack on Jewish targets in the United States.

    “Officials on the call said government and security agencies are closely monitoring...

  • White House to name new Jewish liaison

    September 26, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    The Obama administration reportedly is set to name Jarrod Bernstein, an official with the Department of Homeland Security, as its new Jewish community liaison.

    Bernstein will replace Danielle Borrin in mid-October, Washington Jewish Week reporter Adam Kredo reported over the weekend...

  • Forward analysis: Jewish groups get most security grants

    September 13, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    Most Homeland Security grants have gone to Jewish institutions in the six years since the program was instituted, a Forward analysis has discovered.

    Of those Jewish institutions, most funds were distributed to Orthodox groups.

    Since 2005, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program...

  • Homeland Security to give $15 million to Jewish groups for security

    August 23, 2011 | 5:34 pm

    The U.S. Homeland Security Dept. will providing about $15 million in grants to Jewish communal organizations and institutions considered vulnerable to attack.

    Tuesday’s announcement marked the sixth installment of the Homeland Security Dept.’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program,...

  • U.S. immigration includes Israel on watch list

    July 1, 2011 | 10:49 am

    Israel is on a list compiled by U.S. immigration authorities of countries that might harbor terrorists.

    The Department of Homeland Security list of 36 nations does not fault government policies and instead recognizes the likelihood that a suspect traveler from that country might...

  • Jewish leaders meet with Homeland Security Chief Napolitano

    June 15, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    Jewish leaders met with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about the community’s partnership in a new public awareness campaign.

    The Jewish Federations of North America and the Security Community Network (SCN) have joined the Department of Homeland Security in...

  • Jewish groups criticize hearings on Muslims

    March 10, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A number of Jewish groups have expressed concern at congressional hearings on terrorism that focus on Islam.

    “Homegrown Muslim extremists pose a real threat to the United States, but the issue is one that may be difficult to explore seriously in a hearing that has engendered an...

  • Why Congressman Peter King is making a mistake

    March 9, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    We are, respectively, an imam and an Orthodox rabbi. Last month, our two congregations initiated a series of joint gatherings to enable our people to get to know one another, and study our respective sacred texts together. We were motivated simply by the recognition that the...

  • Homeland Security in Chicago to beef up Jewish security

    November 1, 2010 | 1:11 pm

    Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are in Chicago to beef up security at Jewish institutions.

    They arrived Sunday and are working through the Chicago Jewish federation, according to Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network (SCN), a...

  • Homeland security releases new funds to non-profits

    July 16, 2010 | 1:29 pm

    The Department of Homeland Security released $19 million to secure non-profits, the vast majority Jewish.

    Of 271 institutions named in a list released this week by DHS, 254 are Jewish, including synagogues, schools, community centers and offices.

    The funds were released as part of...

  • Will the Democrats cave on telecom immunity?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 19, 2008 | 2:45 pm

    It looks like Congressional Democrats are going to cave in to the Bush administration, this time on telecom immunity for illegal surveillance of Americans.  Maybe public opposition will stop the roll over.  Maybe this is a drama that will end better than it is going right now.  But...

  • Shooting at the Seattle Federation—one year later

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 2, 2007 | 2:00 am

    A year ago, Naveed Afzal Haq shot up the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle in a rampage that killed one worker and seriously injured five others.

    I’d recently started as Web Director for JewishJournal.com and rushed to figure out how to add a breaking news story...

  • Israeli puppies walk the beat with L.A. sheriffs

    By Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Richard Faulk strolled into Los Angeles' Union Station on a recent Monday morning, his new Israeli partner, Ami, walked beside him. The blond-haired sabra is disarmingly friendly, maybe even a little frisky.

    In Hebrew, Faulk tells him "Tovah kelev,...
  • Trio of films offers eclectic choices: sea, spies, punk

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The Guardian"

    Raised in a secular Jewish family in Chicago, "The Guardian" director Andrew Davis learned early the values and ethics he continues to believe in.

    "My parents taught me war is not a good thing, so do everything you can to not go to war," he says during a telephone...
  • Controverisal Israeli security approach takes flight in U.S.

    By Sam Ser

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The changes were inevitable. The Sept. 11 hijackers used box cutters as weapons, so box cutters were banned. Richard Reid smuggled explosives onto an American Airlines plane in his shoes, so passengers were ordered to remove their shoes for screening. The recent London air terror plot was predicated on liquid explosives, so now almost all liquids are forbidden, too.
  • Ex-Iran President’s U.S. Visit Is Slap in the Face

    By Pooya Dayanim

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The issuance of a U.S. visa to Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran until he was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Khatami's presence this week on U.S. soil, is an insult to the American people, a slap in the face to Iran's pro-democracy movement, a...

  • Community Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    'Munich' Still Topic of Debate

    Even with Republican sponsors and a largely Republican audience, the panelists at a recent discussion on Steven Spielberg's "Munich" covered most of the spectrum from left to right.

    At the event, held at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy...

  • Disaster Exposes Government Failures

    By James D. Besser

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush and Congress talk a good game when it comes to homeland security, but the tragic truth is that the country is less able to cope with disasters than before Sept. 11, 2001. The proof is on the flood-ravaged streets of New Orleans, where an unprecedented natural disaster...

  • Israel’s Homeland Security: Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared

    By Rep. Jane Harman

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Over Labor Day weekend, I stared across the Israeli-Lebanese border at yellow Hezbollah flags and a large billboard with the horrifying image of a beheaded Israeli. A Hezbollah militant stood on the other side of the ugly electrified fence, snapping photos of me, senior officers of...