The Abraham Initiatives published the findings of its 2019 Personal and Community Security Index: Violence, Crime and Policing in Arab Society on Monday, June 29th, 2020. The index was launched in response to the bloody reality in Arab society, which has seen a sharp rise in crime and violence over recent years.
This is the third annual index published on this issue. The index aims to provide an accurate picture of policing and violence in Arab society, with an emphasis on attitudes among Arab citizens. It was published in cooperation with the Samuel Neaman Institute at the Technion and includes both survey findings and a review of the situation on the ground.
The index was published as part of The Abraham Initiatives’ Safe Communities Initiative, which seeks to promote service-oriented and positive policing for Arab citizens. The initiative is directed by Ola Najami and Ruth Lewin-Chen.
* 21.9% of Arab citizens report that they or their family members have been victims of physical violence, including beatings, stabbings, or shootings in 2019
* 29% of Arab citizens experienced threats or verbal violence towards them or their family members in the past year
* 42.2% of Arab citizens feel threatened by violence in their locality of residence (up from 31.8% in 2018)
* Only 17.4% of Arab citizens express confidence in the Israeli police (down from 26.1% in 2018)