Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism

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Date2 July 1979 - 5 July 1979
LocationJerusalem,  Israel
PlannersBenjamin Netanyahu, Jonathan Institute, Le Cercle
ParticipantsBenjamin Netanyahu,  Benzion Netanyahu,  Shimon Peres,  Paul Johnson,  Hugh Fraser,  Henry M. Jackson,  Menachem Begin,  Chaim Herzog,  Richard Pipes,  Brian Crozier,  Aharon Yariv,  Lord Chalfont,  Ray S. Cline,  Gideon Rafael,  John C. Danforth,  David Barrett,  Robert Moss,  Mordechai Abir,  Edward Teller,  Thomas C. Schelling,  Asher Ben-Natan,  Joop Den Uyl,  Annie Kriegel,  Frank Cluskey,  Jack Kemp,  Piero Luigi Vigna,  Bayard Rustin,  George Will,  Gerhard Löwenthal,  Michael Elkins,  Norman Podhoretz,  Midge Decter,  Ben Wattenberg,  Jacques Soustelle,  Meir Shamgar,  Merlyn Rees,  Harry van den Bergh,  Mordecai Ben-Ari,  Joseph W. Bishop,  Hans Josef Horchem,  Manlio Brosio,  Eric Blumenfeld,  Alun Gwynne Jones,  George H. W. Bush,  George Keegan Jr,  Shlomo Gazit,  Vladimir Bukovsky
DescriptionThe birthplace of the "War on Terror" doctrine.

The Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism was convened by the Jonathan Institute on 2-5 July 1979 at the Hilton Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel. It was attended by about 700 guests, almost entirely citizens of Israel, UK and US, but with a few other Western Europeans.[1][2] It was followed up in 1984 by the more widely publicised Washington Conference on International Terrorism.

Official Narrative

The conference was not widely reported upon at the time.[citation needed] The conference aimed, in the words of its founder, Benjamin Netanyahu, "to focus public attention on the grave threat that international terrorism poses to all democratic societies, to study the real nature of today’s terrorism, and to propose measures for combating and defeating the international terror movements."[3]

Purposes

Tom Secker suggests that the ideology of the current "War on Terror" was conceived at the JCIT,[4] while Tom Griffin termed it in his PhD thesis "a major international forum for the movement against détente".[5]

A Canadian academic[Who?] noted that the conference featured: "pre-emptive attacks on states that are alleged to support “terrorists”; an elaborate intelligence system apparatus; slashed civil liberties, particularly for Palestinians targeted as potential terrorists, including detention without charge, and torture; and propaganda to dehumanize “terrorists” in the eyes of the public. George H. W. Bush and George Shultz, Reagan’s Secretary of State enthusiastically endorsed this concept. Bush Sr. gave a speech at JCIT advocating precisely the type of “war on terror” that his son implemented in 2001."[6]

Deep political connections

Brian Crozier, leader of Le Cercle, spoke at the conference, as did his friends Robert Moss, Alun Gwynne Jones and Gerhard Lowenthal, all of whom are known to have attended Le Cercle. Launching a "war on terror" is a close fit with other known activities of the group such as interfering in party politics, setting up "anti-communist" groups and brokering weapons deals. Many Cercle members set up groups to carry out "terrorism research".

Programme

In 1981, the Jonathan Institute published the speeches in a book, International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, edited by Netanyahu.[7][8]

Opening Session: The Face of Terrorism

Second Session: State Support for International Terrorism

Third Session: The Threat Posed by Terrorism to Democratic Societies

Fourth Session: Current Response of Democratic Societies

Fifth Session: Terrorism and the Media

Sixth Session: Proposed Countermeasures for the Democratic World

Closing Session: The Challenge to Free Men

Reporting

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In July 1979 Executive Intelligence Review published a one page article by Jeffrey Steinberg on JCIT entitled: Jerusalem conference plots International terrorist bloodbath. It named as JCIT visitors Robert Moss, Brian Crozier, Ray Cline, Lord Chalfont, Paul Johnson, Henry Jackson, Jacques Soustelle, Chaim Herzog, Midge Decter and Ben Watenberg.[10]


 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Document:Sins of Statecraft - The War on Terror Exposed“a group of powerful elites from various countries gathered at an international conference in Jerusalem to promote and exploit the idea of ‘international terrorism.’ The (Jerusalem) conference (on International Terrorism, or JCIT) established the ideological foundations for the ‘war on terror.’ JCIT’s defining theme was that international terrorism constituted an organized political movement whose ultimate origin was in the Soviet Union. All terrorist groups were ultimately products of, and could be traced back to, this single source, which - according to the JCIT - provided financial, military, and logistical assistance to disparate terrorist movements around the globe. The mortal danger to Western security and democracy posed by the worldwide scope of this international terrorist movement required an appropriate worldwide anti-terrorism offensive, consisting of the mutual coordination of Western military intelligence services.”Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed2005

 

Participants

ParticipantDescription
Mordechai AbirJCIT
David Barrett
Menachem Begin
Mordecai Ben-Ari
Asher Ben-Natan
Harry van den Bergh
Joseph W. Bishop
Eric Blumenfeld
Manlio BrosioThe last Secretary General of NATO who was appointed before he attended the Bilderberg.
Vladimir BukovskyRussian dissident who spoke at the 1979 JCIT.
George H. W. BushSkull and bones mastermind of the bush family busine$$.
Ray S. Cline
Frank Cluskey
Brian CrozierArch espionage insider who founded his own intelligence agency
John Danforth
Midge Decter
Michael ElkinsThe first journalist to report at the beginning of the Six-Day War, and a speaker at the 1979 JCIT.
Hugh Fraser
Shlomo Gazit
Chaim Herzog
Hans Josef Horchem
Henry M. Jackson
Paul Johnson
Alun Gwynne JonesUK politician, Cercle visitor, the only person to have spoken more than once at the JCIT
George Keegan Jr
Jack Kemp
Annie Kriegel
Gerhard LöwenthalAttendee of Le Cercle who also attended the 1979 Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism
Robert Moss
Benjamin Netanyahu
Shimon Peres
Richard Pipes
Norman PodhoretzOne of the founding fathers of the neoconservative movement
Gideon RafaelA co-founder of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and speaker at the 1979 JCIT.
Merlyn ReesA UK home secretary who spoke at the 1979 Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism.
Bayard Rustin
Thomas Schelling
Meir Shamgar
Jacques SoustelleA speaker at the 1979 JCIT.
Edward TellerDirector of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, "the father of the hydrogen bomb".
Joop Den Uyl
Piero Luigi Vigna
Ben J. Wattenberg
George Will
Aharon Yariv

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Jonathan Institute, extract from The "Terrorism" Industrybook extract1990Edward S. Herman
Document:Sins of Statecraft - The War on Terror Exposedpaper29 July 2006Brian Bogart


Rating

3star.png 8 November 2017 Robin  A good overview of this seminal conference
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References

  1. Benjamin Netanyahu, International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, Jonathan Institute, 1981, Foreword.
  2. Benjamin Netanyahu, International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, Jonathan Institute, 1981, Foreword.
  3. International Terrorism: Challenge and Response - Foreword
  4. http://www.spyculture.com/disinfowars-3-the-ideological-origins-of-the-war-on-terror/ Paywalled :-( but a sampler is available.
  5. https://purehost.bath.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/155465473/GRIFFIN_Thomas_PhD_Thesis_FINAL.pdf
  6. http://911blogger.com/node/10264
  7. Google Books (Some sections readable)
  8. Amazon
  9. Benjamin Netanyahu, International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, Jonathan Institute, 1981, Contents.
  10. http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1979/eirv06n28-19790717/eirv06n28-19790717_063-facts_behind_terrorism_jerusalem.pdf
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