Human rights dilemmas in using informers to combat terrorism: The Israeli-Palestinian case

Hillel Cohen, Ron Dudai

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Abstract

Using informers is a basic tool in preventing terror attacks and the nature of current terror threats makes it even more crucial. This use, however, often leads to human rights violations, both of the informers and by them, and to many problematic ethical questions. Drawing on the Israeli-Palestinian example - where a main strategy of Israeli intelligence activity in the Palestinian areas has been an extensive use of informers - this article presents the main human rights dilemmas in the field, divided into three stages: recruitment, operation and post-operation obligations, and also points to the possible counter-productive consequences of such a use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-243
Number of pages15
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Volume17
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations

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