Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism

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Event.png Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism(conference)  Powerbase
Date 2 July 1979 - 5 July 1979
Location Jerusalem,  Israel
Perpetrators Benjamin Netanyahu,  Jonathan Institute
Description The 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 Jerusalem Hilton Hotel. 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]


Tom Secker suggests that the ideology of the current "War on Terror" was conceived at the JCIT.[4] 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."[5]

Deep political connections

Brian Crozier, leader of Le Cercle, spoke at the conference, as did his friend Robert Moss and Gerhard Lowenthal, both 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.


In 1981, the Jonathan Institute published the speeches in a book, International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, edited by Netanyahu.[6][7]

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


Related Documents

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

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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


  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. Paywalled :-( but a sampler is available.
  6. Google Books (Some sections readable)
  7. Amazon
  8. Benjamin Netanyahu, International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, Jonathan Institute, 1981, Contents.
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