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Crime, politics and police in the Palestinian's society in Israel

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This paper offers an analysis of crime in the Palestinian society in Israel from the perspective of political relationships. It illustrates that the state of Israel is trying to define and identify crime through ideologies and narrow interests. This process is part of a mechanism of control, which intends to criminalize the daily life of the Palestinians. Discriminatory behavior against Arabs by police is more apparent and the records on crime are sometimes inaccessible, with a mania for secrecy, and view the whole Arab community as a security danger. The Israeli social control policy politicizes this community, with excess control in some areas and a lack of control in others. The paper concludes that no detailed arguments are needed in order to see the ineffectiveness of the Israeli control policy as long as the basic root of the political struggle is not answered.
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Keywords: Crime; Palestinians in Israel; police; policing; politics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Social Work, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Al-Quds University, Abu-Dis, East Jerusalem, West Bank

Publication date: July 3, 2016

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