Is terrorism necessarily violent? Public perceptions of nonviolence and terrorism in conflict settings

Nonviolence, often overlooked in discussions on terrorism, can also be viewed as a form of terrorism. Adversary, nonviolence was linked to terrorism and required violent repression in a survey experiment in divided Israel.
Nonviolence as terrorism depended on salience, threatening harm, and responders’ ideology.
In several instances, lesser salience leads to less severe judgments. Terrorism views are changeable and manipulable, limiting nonviolent initiatives’ benefits.

Image courtesy of interviewee. December 1, 2023

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