Nice Little Store You Have There. Wouldn’t Want It to Get Robbed

Protection rackets are big business in Israel, but the police often do little about it: Intelligence is hard to gather and the victims are too scared to testify.

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Not long ago, at a hair salon in a small town in Israel, a little girl sat on the barber chair while her dad monkeyed with his smartphone. Three young men entered the shop. They obviously hadn’t come for a...