A comparative analysis of delinquency among youth from the former soviet union and from Ethiopia in Israel

Mally Shechory, Sarah Ben-David

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Israel is a nation characterized by great ethnic complexity. It consists of the dominant group of native Israelis and various other immigrant ethnic groups from the former Soviet Union (FSU) and the immigrants from Ethiopia. These 2 immigrant ethnic groups differ from each other both with regard to their adaptation to and the impact of Israeli society on them. The aim of the present article is to examine the delinquency among youth from the FSU and from Ethiopia in Israel and factors that may influence their delinquency. The analysis of official data and self-reported studies indicate that the youths from the FSU and Ethiopia are overrepresented in delin-quency and this can be attributed to risk factors related to the lack of integration in the Israeli society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-311
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010

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In August 2009, three Jewish religious schools refused to admit 100 Ethiopian Jewish students. Spokesmen for Israel’s Ethiopian community accused the schools of discrimination. The private ultra-Orthodox institutions, which also receive money from the government, denied that the ban was racially motivated. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the action as “intolerable” and threatened to act forcefully against the institutions if they continued this practice. President Shimon Peres also stated that the schools’ policy was a “disgrace” that no Israeli could accept (Thomson Reuters, 2009). After the Education Ministry threatened to cut their financial support, they reached an agreement with the Education Ministry to accept the Ethiopian Jewish students (The Global News Service of the Jewish People, 2009).


  • Delinquency
  • Ethiopia
  • Former soviet union
  • Israel


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