Giving Time – 60 Seconds, One Day, and Many Years of Terror

While watching the Olympics in the upcoming days, read this piece by community member Jason Langsner on the IOC’s decision not to honor the massacred Israeli athletes and on recent and upcoming ADL efforts to combat anti-Semitism and terror worldwide.

A couple of weeks ago, I started my day by joining nearly 100,000 other individuals in signing the change.org petition that asked for one minute of silence in the ’12 London Olympics to honor the victims of the ’72 Munich Olympics.  11 athletes and officials were slain by Black September for being Israeli and Jewish forty years ago.  The minute is an appeal by Ankie Spitzer, widow of one of the athletes, to honor the fallen.

I spent my afternoon following news reports about the Bulgarian terrorist bombing that took the lives of at least five Israelis and wounded 30 more. This act was perpetrated on the 18th anniversary of the attack on the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association Jewish Center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and injured hundreds.

I concluded my day by joining 100+ like minded young professionals that want to end this violence.  They want to end the terror.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), now entering its 100th year, is the largest non-governmental body that partners with law enforcement to combat terror, anti-semitism, and all forms of hate.  They help train every new FBI agent and hosted the off-the-record evening program on July 18th to educate the DC, Maryland, and Virginia young professional community.

The ADL encouraged attendees to be vigilant in this era of Terror 2.0.  We all have a role to play to combat extremism and the expert speakers shared real world examples of how social media and the web are being used for hate.  They discussed the changing culture of law enforcement and the tactics that they take to combat the threat.  You can learn more about fighting all forms of terror — domestic and international — at the FBI webpage dedicated to partnerships and outreach and the ADL website’s terrorism landing page.

For young professionals interested in giving more than 60 seconds or attending a two-hour event, the ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for their 10 month fellowship program.  Apply by August 10th for consideration or attend an information session meet-and-greet with Glass Alumni on August 1st at Tabaq Bistro.