The country’s Jewish population made up around 50 percent of those charged with
crimes in 2010, lower than their percentage of the population, while Israeli
Arabs – an estimated 20% of the population – comprised over 40% of offenders the
same year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Central Bureau of
The overwhelming percentage of offenders charged with crimes
in 2010 were men, and most of them were repeat offenders.
the report, 45,275 people were charged with crimes in Israel in 2010, over 90%
of them adults. Of those, around 90% were men and more than half (53.6%) were
repeat offenders. Eighty-six percent were found guilty of at least one of the
charges against them.
The report said that adults are more than twice as
likely to get convicted of crimes than minors, and that the most common offenses
committed by adults fall in the category of public disorder. For juveniles,
property crimes make up the majority of arrests.
The report also found
that non-citizens make up 18% of those charged with crimes, a significantly
higher percentage than their proportion of the population. Of these
non-citizens, 97% were either Palestinians from the West Bank or tourists. Among
juveniles, 24% of offenders were non-citizens, and almost all (99%) were
Palestinians from the West Bank.