Physical intimidation

Other Names:
Physical bullying

The threat of physical force to exploit others may be in the form of: police brutality; demonstrations; thuggery and juvenile delinquence; 'protection' tactics used by organized crime; terrorism and guerrilla tactics; various kinds of torture; or the maintenance of a large standing army, police corps or other group based on the use of force. Physical intimidation may be used in a variety of situations for a wide variety of reasons.


During the late 1980s and early 1990s there were numerous reports of Israeli army intimidation of Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank. The incidents occasionally suggested the intention to cause grievous harm or death, and it is alleged that many were motivated by deep personal hatred and division among village families.

Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST