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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-10-10

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Sounding The Alert

U-M student seeks to educate others
about threat of world terrorism.

Special to the Jewish News

Turkey and India as well as from
Israeli military intelligence.
Participants also are responsible
Ann Arbor
for running five educational pro-
grams about international terrorism
niversity of Michigan
throughout the year and attending a
senior Avi Jacobson, 21,
conference in Washington,
wants to help educate his
fellow students and his
Upcoming plans for programs at
community about the threat posed
scheduled for October and
- by terrorism, to get them more
November, include a forum on the
involved and invested in under-
threat of weapons of mass destruc-
standing not only the problem, but
tion and their proliferation, speech-
also possible solutions.
es by veterans from the war in
One of 49 recipients nationwide
Afghanistan who will give firsthand
of an anti-terrorism fel-
accounts of their
lowship sponsored by
experiences and a
the Foundation for the
lecture by an expert
Defense of
on the economics of
Democracies, a non-
profit, non-partisan
"This is a worth-
while pursuit
research organization,
because internation-
Jacobson looks forward
al terrorism is some-
to bringing programs to
thing that threatens
campus that will impact
everybody. If I can
campus and community
help make people
members. He especially
more aware of the
hopes to target the
dangers we face,
"inactive apathetic mid-
then I will have
dle," which he said does
done a service to my
not recognize the threat
it has been exposed to,
Jacobson said.
or the need for affecting Debbie Kim. and
"Ultimately I'd
a response.
Avi Jacobson
like to see, at least on
"I think it's important
the campus, an accept-
for people to know
ed definition of terrorism as any
there are people who care about the
attack on civilians with intent to
threat of international terrorism,
cause fear and alter the political cli-
and who are taking the time to not
mate," he said.
only educate themselves to a level
While the program is not aimed at
beyond the superficial jingoism we
Jewish students specifically,
see in the media, but to educate the
Jacobson, who has been active in
public," he said.
Israel advocacy at Michigan, feels
For the public to make informed
his participation is an extension of
decisions about its own security, it
his work on campus.
must have a deeper understanding
"The principles of freedom and
of its own situation and the threat
democracy on which I stand in my
of international terrorism. It is our
support of Israel extend to the study
job as fellows to help educate them
of the global war on terrorism," he
so that the sum total of their knowl- said.
edge is not contained in a sound
As a Jewish participant, Jacobson
byte," he said.
said he experienced the seminar pro-
As part of the program, Jacobson,
gram mostly the same way everyone
who is from Chevy Chase, Md., and
else did, but that he also was grate-
the other fellowship recipients,
ful for the chance to see friends and
attended a two-week seminar in Tel
family in Israel.
Aviv in August, where they heard
speeches by ambassadors from
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