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Israeli advisor to offer glimpse into what makes suicide bombers tick

Dr. Anat Berko Dr. Anat Berko Dr. Anat Berko, a leading expert on terrorism and an advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will share what she has learned in researching suicide bombers during two lectures at the University of South Florida on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18.

Spon- sored by the USF Hillel and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, Berko’s appearances are open to the community.

Berko’s lectures will focus on topics from her book, The Path to Paradise: The Inside World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatches. Berko, whose research focuses on suicide bombers and their handlers, is a member of both Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Team and Israel’s National Security Council, and serves as an advisor to senior government officials including the Prime Minister.

A visiting professor at George Washington University in 2008- 2009, she is a research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. She also lectures at the ICT’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Security. She conducts counter-terrorism lectures for NATO, and before Congress, the State Department, the FBI and the military forces, and for a multitude of universities throughout the United States and elsewhere.

After a 25-year career in the Israeli military, where she achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, Berko retired from the IDF in 2003. She holds a doctorate in criminology from Bar-Ilan University. In addition to The Path to Paradise, she is also author of The Smarter Bomb: Women and Children as Suicide Bombers.

Berko’s first lecture will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. following the USF Hillel Shabbat dinner in the Hillsborough Room (Room 2709) at the USF Marshall Student Center. The cost for Shabbat dinner is $18 per person, and reservations are requested.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., Berko will lecture in Hebrew at USF Hillel, 13101 USF Sycamore Drive, Tampa. Dinner will be provided prior to the lecture; a donation of $18 per person is suggested and reservations are requested. All members of the local Hebrewspeaking community are welcome.

Call USF Hillel immediately at (813) 899-2788 or email at to make a reservation for either of these events.

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