The aim of this paper is to analyze the cultural basis of the Israeli use of force against its own citizens, as demonstrated in the violent clashes between Arab protesters and police during the events of October 2000. In contrast to other approaches attempting to explain this phenomenon, in this analysis, we assume a socio-cultural rather than institutional point of view. We argue that the entrenched anti-liberal characteristic of Israeli society and its political culture carry the potential for the exclusion, condemnation, and even outright use of force towards social groups perceived as being outside the Israeli consensus, especially if they do not belong to the dominant ethnic community.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Political and Military Sociology
|Published - Jun 2003