Criminal Justice Professor Named Academic Fellow
Dr. Jeffrey Rush, UC Foundation Professor of Criminal
Justice, was recently named an Academic Fellow with the Foundation for
the Defense of Democracies (FDD) (www.defenddemocracy.org)a
non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. that conducts
research and education on the war on terrorism. FDD produces independent
analyses of global terrorist threats, as well as of the historical, cultural,
philosophical and ideological factors that drive terrorism, and how terrorism
and government response to it can threaten democracies and the individual
freedoms guaranteed within democratic societies.
“A bombing in Jerusalem murdered 13 and wounded 60 more in the same
city where I was located just 10 days ago. I took part in an anti-terror/pro-democracy
seminar sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in
Israel. The participants learned first hand how one democratic state fights
terrorism. Democracies have every right to defend themselves from vicious
terrorists,” Rush said.
In response to the Jerusalem bombing, the training session addressed several
discussion items specifically related to Hamas and terrorism, including:
- No murderous incident like this can simply be called “just
another a tit for tat attack in the troubled history of the Middle East.”
It is false to equate terrorist groups with the democratic nations that
fight them. To do so calls into question our own war against Al-Qaeda
and its associates.
- Terrorism is never justifiable under any circumstances. No one is
allowed to blow up a bus full of innocents to advance a political cause.
This includes Hamas’ latest attacks in Jerusalem.
- Hamas is identified by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist group.
It has murdered Americans as well as Israelis. Hamas’ various
illegal fundraising operations in the U.S. have been shut down one by
one since 9/11.
- Hamas has been linked to Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda. These groups have
murdered more Americans than any other terrorist organizations (Hezbollah—1983
bombing of the U.S. Marines in Beirut killed 242, Al-Qaeda- 9/11 killed
"We have been fortunate in America not to suffer the same numbers
of attacks that Israel has suffered. But we have paid a terrible price
in innocent lives too. We should continue to vigorously prosecute the
war on terrorism as the Israelis have done. And, we must dismiss any attempt
to declare terrorists as freedom fighters or co-equals with democratic
states fighting against terrorism. Terrorists are murderers," said
As part of being named a fellow to the a fellow to the FDD, Rush has
agreed to engage in interviews, panels, forums, discussions. For more
information, email Jeff Rush.