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Hebrew University Jerusalem

Partner description and expertise

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, created in 1925, is Israel's second-oldest university. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Hebrew University is the top university in Israel, and 52nd-nest in the world. Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud were members of the First Board of Governors and five graduates of the University have received a Nobel prize in the past decade. There are 23,500 students enrolled at the University, including 11,700 undergraduates, 6,900 master's
degree students, and 2,700 doctoral candidates.

The Criminology Institute is a research Institute with current research projects on-going that focus upon aspects concerning: police responses to terrorism; cross-cultural comparison of aggression and violence; situational crime prevention; environmental responses to crime; community control of crime and delinquency; family violence; rape; white-collar crime; organized crime; women and crime; police violence; explaining crime at place, violence in hospital emergency wards; crime among immigrants; drug policy; police undercover work; prison terms served in the community; history of social control systems; sociology of law and welfare regulation; sociology of human rights; responses to human rights violations; prisoners' rights; juvenile justice and the victim and the criminal justice system. The Institute collaborates with various criminal justice and welfare agencies in Israel, particularly by organizing symposia, lectures and research consultations.


Role in the project

The research team at Hebrew University Jerusalem will have responsibility for all parts of the work leading to the development of a subscript of lone actor attacks, which will contribute a major element to the integrated script of lone actor extremist events.


Investigators

Dr. Badi Hasisi holds a chair at the Institute of Criminology, Hebrew University since 2007. He received his PhD from the department of sociology at Haifa University in 2005. In 2006 he visited the School of Criminal Justice at SUNY Albany for post-doctoral study. His main research focuses on policing divided societies and police-minority relations, and policing terror and airport security. His research has been published in leading journals. Dr. Hasisi is a member of several committees such as the Public Committee on the Policy of Punishment and Rehabilitation of Offenders in Israel, created by the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Homeland Security; the Academic Committee of the Aharon Barak Center for Interdisciplinary Legal Research; a Fulbright Fellowship representative in the selection committee of Israeli police officers to John Jay College; a member of the board of the Israeli Society of Criminology; and other academic committees as well (such as the Police, Prison Service and The Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority). Dr Hasisi will contribute his particular expertise to the statistical analysis of the data on lone offender attacks collated by the HUJ research team, to complement Dr Perry’s subject-matter expertise and experience as a practitioner.

Dr. Simon Perry is Co-Director of the Program in Policing and Homeland Security Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law. He is also a Professor in the Graduate School and involved in research with colleagues in Israel and US. Dr. Perry joined the Israeli Police in 1978 and has served in a variety of positions during the past 30 years. Between 2003 and 2007 he was Police Attaché & Liaison Officer to the USA & Canada, Israeli Police & Ministry of Public Security (at rank of Brigadier General). He was Responsible for cooperation and coordination between the Israeli National Police and law enforcement and intelligence agencies on the federal, state and local levels, primarily in the areas of fighting international organized crime and terrorism. He was also responsible for cooperation between the Ministry of Public Security in Israel and the Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Agencies on state and local level. During these four years was involved in many operational cases as well as in exchanging information and training many law enforcement units and commanding officers. He also served as Head of Narcotics Department and Head of European Operations at the Israeli National Police. Prior to that, Dr. Perry served as Commander of Intelligence and Operational Division in the National Unit for Exposing Severe, International and Organized Crime. The Unit deals with national and international organized crime, sensitive investigations on a national level, as well as terror and counter-espionage. In 1997, he was Head of Interpol and International Relations at the Intelligence Department in the Israel
Police Headquarters.

Gali Perry is a PhD candidate in the Criminology Institute in the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  She came to the Institute after completing a BA in Psychology and an MA in Criminology (both magna cum laude). Prior to her academic path, Gali was a research fellow at the research unit of the ISA (Israeli security Agency), where her main field of expertise were right-wing terrorism and radical minorities. Gali’s PhD research focuses on paramilitary aspects of protest policing, theireffect on police legitimacy, and the potential for political violence. She is also part of a research team studying airport security and terror aviation, which seeks to identify the contribution of new technologies and changes in the security screening process to passengers’ legitimacy evaluations and their willingness to cooperate with security officers. Alongside this, she serves as a research manager on PRIME, focusing on producing an integrated, cross-level script of Lone wolf terrorist’s attacks, using quantitative and qualitative data and methods. 

Dr Eli Alshech received his Masters’ degree in early Islamic history from the University of Chicago in 1998 (thesis focused on Jihad in medieval Africa) and his Ph.D. in Islamic law and ideology from Princeton University in 2004. The main focus of his Ph.D. studies was Islamic law and Islamic religious thought.  From 2004-2006, he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the American-Jewish University of Los Angeles.  From 2006-2010, Eli served as the director of the Jihad and Terrorism Studies Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), based in Washington DC and Jerusalem. In this capacity he led a project team that monitored jihadi Internet platforms (i.e., websites, forums, blogs) and produced strategic research. Eli has been associated with the Hebrew University for the past few years, has served as a private consultant for the Israeli government and offered expert testimony in litigation twice in the past 4 years. He has been conducting research and publishing articles in leading journals in his field on an array of topics from privacy in Islamic legal thought to global jihad, Salafiyya Jihadiyya (the ideology of al-Qaeda and groups inspired by it), martyrdom, Jihad (holy war) in Islamic law, and cyber-terrorism. 

Nir Rozmann is a M.A student in the Criminology institute in the Faculty of Law. He came to the institute after completing a B.A in Criminology and Sociology (both magna cum laude) from Ariel University, Israel.  Nir's M.A. thesis focuses on the effect of ethnicity on the attribution of guilt and responsibility for perpetrator and victims of violent crimes. Within the  PRIME project, he acts as a research assistant helping to produce and analyse a database of lone wolf terrorist's attacks in Israel, using quantitative and qualitative data and methods.