The word “riot” has come to be synonymous with the Occupy Wall Street movement, but not always with the people of tenement, which is where the protests took place last fall.
In fact, there’s no such thing as a riot in tenement.
It’s just a riot where people have to get out of their homes to protect their property, or go to the hospital for an emergency.
The problem is that this has become a kind of shorthand for everything from a general strike to an outbreak of disease to riots involving a particular race, religion, or class.
The word riot is used so often because people tend to forget that there’s nothing inherently wrong with rioting, according to Jessica E. Young, a law professor at the University of Chicago who specializes in policing and the criminal justice system.
“It’s not a riot,” Young told Newsweek.
“Riots are when you have a certain number of people that are gathered and it seems like it’s going to be an eruption of violence, which it usually isn’t.
It has to do with how people behave. “
In other words, it’s not rioting.
“So there’s an element of police being there, but it’s more about how they’re dealing with the problem and getting things handled.” “
If you have people standing on the street, people have a different attitude to what’s going on in the city than if you have the police standing at the gate,” Young said.
“So there’s an element of police being there, but it’s more about how they’re dealing with the problem and getting things handled.”
Tenement riots, on the other hand, tend to be much more serious.
“It’s much more intense,” Young explained.
“There’s no one in the street that is a rioter.
It would be different if there was a large crowd in the neighborhood.
“The people are out in their own homes, and it’s just very chaotic. “
In a tenement situation, they’re out in the middle of the street,” Young added.
“The people are out in their own homes, and it’s just very chaotic.
People are having trouble getting back and forth.”
The same holds true in the West Bank, where there are also riots happening daily in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
“What you have is a situation where the people are being pushed back into the houses because there are a lot of them and it doesn’t seem like they can get back into their homes, because they’re going to the police,” Young noted.
But there are differences between these situations.
In the West, rioting can happen in the streets as well as in tenements.
In tenements, it usually occurs in the midst of a general uprising.
In East Jerusalem, riots can take place anywhere, such as in al-Aqsa Mosque or in al-‘Arroub, the site of a massacre during the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem.
“Tenement rioters are a much more visible type of rioter, and I think this can have a real effect on how people view them,” Young continued.
In the case of East Bank riots, the people have little choice but to get on their knees and pray, which they do with the blessing of the Israeli security forces, Young said, adding that there are several examples of this happening in the region.
This is why riots are so dangerous, Young continued, because the police officers who respond to these riots are often in the most vulnerable position.
“When the police respond to riots, they are in the worst possible position.
They are either being stabbed or they are being beaten up, and so it’s very hard to get them out of the situation,” Young remarked.
“Because the police can’t get to them, the rioters get to get back at them, and that’s when it gets very dangerous.”
The most obvious example of this is when Palestinians are targeted by the Israeli police for “security violations” such as burning tires, breaking into homes, or vandalizing property, Young noted, adding: “It happens all the time.”
Another common riot tactic is the use of the word “crusader.”
Young explained that this is an Israeli term for a soldier or police officer, who acts as an intermediary between protesters and the police.
When protesters attempt to attack Israeli soldiers, “they are often met with resistance and sometimes they are killed,” Young recalled.
“But the way that people respond is very different.”
This type of “crusty response” is also used in West Bank riots by Palestinians to intimidate the police and make them fear for their lives, Young added, adding the word Crusader has come into general use in response to the recent violence in Jerusalem and the West bank.
There are a number of other ways to approach these types of situations, though: Some protesters are very polite and consider the situation normal, while others are violent and confront the police, Young explained, adding “it depends on how you’re feeling about them.”