Homeland Security Monitor - July 2009

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation

1. U.S.-Israeli Symposium Shares Terrorism Protection Techniques 2. U.S., Israel Discuss Fighting Terrorism at Philadelphia Conference 3. Israeli Technology Detects Possible Swine Flue Victims 4. FEMA, IDF Cooperate on Emergency Management 5. Israeli Company Tests, Approves U.S. Non-Lethal Weapon

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FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate discussed issues of mutual concern with his Israeli counterpart.



1. U.S.-Israeli Symposium Shares Terrorism Protection Techniques
American and Israeli experts gathered for a symposium in New Jersey to share information on the best ways to protect their countries from terrorism, NJ.com reports. Sponsored by the EMS Task Force, the New Jersey-Israel Commission and the UMDNJ Center for Continuing and Outreach Education, the symposium focused on treatment, both physical and emotional, and how to live with the constant threat of attacks.

2. U.S., Israel Discuss Fighting Terrorism at Philadelphia Conference
Some 150 people attended a conference in Philadelphia sponsored by American and Israeli groups focusing on emergency preparedness in the face of terrorism, The Jewish Exponent reports. Sponsored by the Israeli consulate, American Friends of Magen David Adom, and the Center for Bio-Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness at Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the conference focused on the lessons that Israel has learned from its painful experiences fighting terrorism and how U.S. emergency responders can apply them in their own work.


3. Israeli Technology Detects Possible Swine Flue Victims
As a part of the global effort to stop the spread of the swine flu, Opgal, an Israeli high-tech company, announced the launch of a thermal imaging system that can detect individuals with elevated body temperatures in airports, train stations and other transportation hubs, Israel 21C reports. The Fever Detection and Alarm System system can flag individuals with elevated body temperatures that pass within its detection cameras. The announcement by OPGAL comes just after the World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert level to Phase 5, the next-to-highest level in the worldwide warning system.

4. FEMA, IDF Cooperate on Emergency Management 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate and Maj. Gen. Yair Golan of the Israeli Defense Forces Home Front Command (IDF/HFC) met in late June in Washington to discuss common issues in emergency management practices. "I look forward to working with my Israeli counterpart as co-chair of an emergency management work group to improve emergency management practices in both countries," says Fugate. "These partnerships are critical in ensuring that we are incorporating best practices and also working towards greater public preparedness."

5. Israeli Company Tests, Approves U.S. Non-Lethal Weapon
An Israeli-based arms company that specializes in emerging weapons technologies has tested and approved a new U.S.-developed non-lethal weapon called the "Bouncer," the company says. Developed by Safer Shot Inc., a leading provider of law enforcement, military and security technologies, the Bouncer uses a projectile cartridge which ruptures on impact and produces a putty-like substance that disables the target at distances up to 22 feet without breaking the skin or entering the body.


AIPAC's Homeland Security Monitor is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative homeland security programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please write to homelandsecurity@aipac.org.