n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Israeli citizen's perception of terrorism

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



News flashes about a commercial airplane being blown up with many passengers on board normally lead to the assumption that one is dealing with a terrorist attack. However, such an evaluation might prove to be false. Brutal criminals can blow up an airplane for reasons other than nationalism, ethnicity or religion and with no intention to terrorise the entire target population (see below). A valid identification of a violent attack as an instance of terrorism depends on the availability of a valid definition of terrorism.

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