For release: October 14, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Ram Sidi, an internationally respected counterterrorism expert, will speak at the
University of Memphis about current terrorist threats and the motivations and goals
behind terrorist groups. He will present “Counterterrorism: A Professional Viewpoint”
Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. in Clement Hall, Room 417. The talk is free and open
to the public.
Sidi is a veteran member of Israel’s counterterrorism establishment. While serving
as a team commander with a still-classified undercover unit of the Israel Defense
Forces, he participated in scores of operations to prevent attacks against Israel
by Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorists. Following his military service, Sidi served
as a reservist for 16 years with IDF counterterror units in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza,
including operational activities in Nablus, Ramallah, Tulkarem, and other cities under
Palestinian Authority control during the first and second intifadas.
As a civilian, Sidi has worked as a vice director for Tel Aviv University’s School
for Overseas Students and as a consultant and operational field adviser to the Israel
Granted unique access to convicted Palestinian terrorists from Hamas, Islamic Jihad,
and Fatah under the control of the Israel Corrections Service, Sidi lectures on intelligence
gathering, interrogation techniques, and the motivations and goals of Palestinian
The event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the International Studies
Program and Bornblum Judaic Studies.