Why did Israeli soldiers use both restraint and brutality during the first Palestinian uprising?

James Ron
Aug 2, 2023

In 1988, Israeli security forces engaged in a wide variety of repressive tactics aimed at putting down the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Rather than viewing these methods solely as products of instructions handed down from on high, this article regards Israeli tactics as emerging from processes of innovation and elaboration by military personnel. Rules stipulating the legal use of lethal force placed important limits on Israeli military behavior. Within those limits, however, soldiers were free to invent new methods of repression.

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James Ron

James Ron grew up in America, France and Israel. He taught sociology in American, Canadian and Mexican universities, and works as an independent researcher.