Policing Terrorism from the Perspective of the Arab Minority

  • Tal Jonathan-Zamir
  • David Weisburd
  • Badi Hasisi


While tense relationships often exists between police and minority groups, such relationships become even more vulnerable in situations where the police engage in counterterrorism and the minority group has ethnic, cultural, or national affiliation with the source of the terrorism threat. Using survey data, in this chapter we examine how Israeli Arabs perceive the counterterrorism function of the Israel National Police (INP) and its potential outcomes, and compare their responses to those of the majority Jewish population. Our data indicate that, as expected, Jewish respondents generally express more support for the counterterrorism function of the INP. At the same time, the differences are smaller than expected. Moreover, the data reveal that both Jews and Arabs are well aware of the social costs of police investment in counterterrorism: many believe that dealing with terrorism negatively affects the relationship between the police and the public, generally as well as specifically with the Arab sector, and most think that handling terrorism threats reduces the ability of the police to attend to “ordinary” crime control.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tal Jonathan-Zamir
    • 1
  • David Weisburd
    • 1
    • 2
  • Badi Hasisi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Criminology, Faculty of LawHebrew University of Jerusalem Mount ScopusJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Criminology, Law and SocietyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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