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Crime in Israel

Israeli soldier checking a Palestinian car at a checkpoint / Photo Shutterstock
Israeli soldier checking a Palestinian car at a checkpoint / Photo Shutterstock

Crime rates in Israel are not very high. Most crime concerns car thefts, break-ins and physical assaults, not infrequently within the home (domestic abuse). Research has indicated, however, that the reporting of crimes by victims is lower than in most Western (European) countries, as they do not believe the police will be able to do anything for them. Most car thefts are connected to ‘chop-shops’ in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where stolen cars are taken apart and sold for parts.

In recent years, organized crime has become more and more visible in Israeli society. Numerous underworld figures have been murdered in mob-like situations. It is estimated that billions of dollars of ‘dirty money’ are circulating in the country. Many underworld figures have ties with the United States, Russia or Europe. The businesses they deal in are numerous and vary from drug smuggling to waste management and the trafficking of women. Drugs (heroin, cocaine and marihuana) enter the country mostly through Lebanon and Jordan.

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