Racism, militarisation and policing: Police reactions to violence against Palestinian women in Israel

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian*

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Abstract

This article moves beyond the discussion of police racism to a broader account of the militaristic racism of policing in Israel. The highly permeable boundaries between the military, society and the political conflict all affect how violence against women is policed. Focusing on case studies of police officers' perceptions of abused Palestinian Israeli women - members of an ethnic and indigenous minority - this paper considers key features of the policing of violence against women in a militaristic context and during a continuous political conflict. Police officers' philosophies and actions in law enforcement concerning violence against women are critically scrutinised. The findings indicate that while some aspects of cultural difference between the indigenous ethnic group and the majority are relevant to policing, focusing predominantly on the 'cultural characteristics' or 'ethnic traditions or rituals' of the policed population and denying the effect of the political conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as a factor in the militarisation of policing can reinforce rather than ameliorate ethnic prejudice, racism and discrimination.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)171-193
Number of pages23
JournalSocial Identities
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004

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