Facing the Challenges of Radicalization


Terrorist Attacks in EuropeRecent terrorist attacks in Europe have raised many concerns over increased radicalization of individuals and social groups  in the West. Making informed decisions to combat such threats is challenging for executives and officials who are unfamiliar with the true nature and causes of radical beliefs and violence. Proven national security and intelligence solutions for combating terrorist threats and politically/religiously driven violence are hard to find.

Chameleon is pleased to offer this unique seminar aimed at explaining the nature and causes of asymmetric terrorist threat, and to provide attendees with both macro and micro tools that can be used to mitigate these serious risks.

Chameleon trainers have extensive background and in-field experience with intelligence, counter terrorism and security. Their expertise is the foundation for a one-of-a-kind educational experience aimed at expanding trainees’ knowledge about the threat of radical movements and terrorist organizations.


Amsterdam, Netherlands (venue location will be sent to attendees upon registration) special hotel room rate of 189 per night was arranged for seminar attendees.

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Industry –         1195.00 Government –  1095.00


Day One

08:30 – 08:40 Introduction to the Seminar and the Speaker
08:40 – 10:30 The Arab World, Its Sects, Religions and Ethnicities – Many in the West fail to recognize the difference between sects, ethnicities and religious identities in the Arab World. The speaker will explain the root causes for allegiances or rivalries between Sunnis, Shiites, Wahhabis, Christian (Catholic, Arminian, Coptic, etc.), Druze, Alawites, Salafists. The land, history and theology that these groups share are often the cause of violent conflicts that are exported to Europe and the West.
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 The Nature of the Asymmetric Threat – The speaker will describe radical Islamist groups’ view of the West and Europe from an historical and religious perspective. He will detail the geopolitical environment that lead to the fall of nations in the Arab and Muslim world, the struggle between religious and ethnic identities and the rise of fundamental extremist movements in the Middle East, North Africa and other parts of the world.
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch 
13:00 – 14:15 Asymmetric Warfare – ISIS, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and others have pushed western countries to change their warfare and counterterrorism dogma. The instructor will describe the tactical, operational and intelligence challenges of fighting “semi state” terrorist organizations.)
14:10 – 14:30 Afternoon Break
14:30 – 16:30 Suicide Terrorism – The most extreme manifestation of radical devotion is that of the self-sacrificing martyr. The instructor will describe the personal and ideological motives that often push/pull a person to become a suicide bomber. He will also share lessons learned in Israel during 2000-2005 when the country had to absorb and ultimately defeat the phenomenon of an Iranian-backed suicide terrorism campaign. These lessons learned are extremely valuable to those in Europe now faced with the challenge of thwarting suicidal attacks.

  Day Two

08:30 – 08:40 Recap
08:40 -10:15 The Muslim Brotherhood – The instructor will explain the history behind the Muslim Brotherhood and the ideology that fuels this movement. He will detail the exportation of the MB ideology and its affiliated organizations (Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc.) to Europe and the world. The Instructor will also discuss the effect of the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey on Europe.
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:15 ISIS and Al Qaeda – The speaker will discuss the current status of Al Qaeda and ISIS in the Middle East and around the world. He will also detail how the strengthening of Boko Haram in Africa and the collapse of failed states (Libya, Syria, Yemen and more) influences Europe.
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Follow the Money – The speaker will discuss the ways terrorist organizations fund themselves and their operations. How can a country find and fight the funding sources of radical extremist groups? He will share some of the lessons learned in Israel.
14:45 – 15:00 Afternoon Break
15:00 – 16:15 “Lone Wolf” and “Target of Opportunity” Attacks – Many of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe and the West were perpetrated by terrorists who acted alone and against targets of opportunity. Often the attacks were conducted using vehicles, knives or axes. The instructor will describe the media and indoctrination mechanism used to radicalize lone wolf attackers. He will discuss ways and tools to counter and prevent this type of religiously motivated act of violence.
16:15 – 16:30 Conclusion – Handing out certificates


  • Security Directors and Law Enforcement
  • Homeland Security & Defense Officials
  • Private and Government Intelligence Proffessionals
  • Public Policy Proffessionals
  • Academia

Brigadier Generals (Ret.) S.H. began his military service with the Israeli military Intelligence Agency (AMAN) specializing in SIGINT and HUMINT collection.  He served also as a research officer on the Iraqi armed forces, Syrian and Lebanese armed forces, and Egyptian armed forces. In 1977, he was appointed adviser on Palestinian Affairs for the Military Command in the West Bank.  Promoted to Colonel in 1983, he was nominated as head of the Palestinian Affairs Department of the Civil Administration (CIVAD) in the West Bank.

From 1984 to 1997, our presenter headed the Department of Palestinian Affairs for the Ministry of Defense participating in Israeli delegations to both the Madrid Channel Negotiations in Washington DC and the sub-groups of the Oslo agreements. Because of the connection and involvement between the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and all the Arab states that are involved, he follows for many years the politics and developments also in the neighboring Arab states involved in the conflict, like Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the Gulf states and side by side the activity of the Western superpowers and other superpowers in the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Given his extensive experience and knowledge of the political, social, and religious activities of the Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, he is a frequent commentator on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for both Israeli and foreign news media.  He also serves as a consultant for various Israeli government ministries, law enforcement agencies, and takes part in international think tanks.  Brigadier Generals (Ret.) S.H. served as a guest lecturer at the National Security College and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and other ministries among other distinguished institutions of higher learning in the area of International Relations.

S.H. is a senior member of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) in Herzliya and Senior Research Fellow for the MEMRI institute that translates mass media from Arabic to six languages.

From 1997 to 2000, with the cooperation of the Palestinian Authority, he organized “Let’s Know our Neighbours!” tours for thousands of Israeli citizens inside Gaza strip and in the cities of the West Bank.

Since 2000, he has been an independent instructor on issues of security, politics and demographics of the West Bank and Gaza and the neighboring Arab states.

 Brigadier Generals (Ret.) S.H received his B.A. in Middle East History and East African studies from Tel Aviv University.  He is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.