A wall of treatments: An integrative problem-solving approach to the prevention of stone-throwing in East Jerusalem

Badi Hasisi*, Eran Itskovich, Mona Khoury-Kassabri

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Abstract

Research summary: There is growing evidence that some proactive policing strategies have shown promising results in reducing crime. Most of these strategies are generally applied separately to address specific components of criminal behavior, while the involvement in the crime itself may be caused by different factors. This raises the question of whether an integrative approach that addresses these factors could be an appropriate approach to reduce involvement in the crime. Furthermore, most of these policing strategies have been applied toward regular crime; this leaves us with the question of whether these strategies would show similar results when political offenses are involved as well. Our study focuses on the political offense of stone-throwing in East Jerusalem, usually by Palestinian teenage boys. We applied an integrative approach in one of the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, which included strategies such as focused deterrence, place-based policing, cognitive behavioral therapy, diversion to nonenforcement tracks, and interventions at the community level. We found a large and significant reduction in the targeted neighborhood compared to similar Palestinian neighborhoods. We have not found evidence of displacement, but rather evidence of significant diffusion of crime-control benefits. Policy implications: The results of the study suggest that an integrative approach that addresses the risks and needs of minority youth can help reduce their future involvement in political offenses. Furthermore, the implementation of promising strategies in the wider context of policing regular crimes may also be effective in responding to political offenses.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)385-414
Number of pages30
JournalCriminology and Public Policy
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2023

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Keywords

  • political violence
  • proactive evidence-based policing
  • wall of integrative treatment

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