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Israel tries to break Palestinian psyche

Published on Aug 5, 2012 by PressTVGlobalNews
Stress-related and mental health disorders are on the increase in the Gaza Strip, according to a recent report by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the near east (UNRWA). A combination of internal and external influences; including forced displacement, dispossession and occupation – have exacerbated the already high rate of mental health problems. “Feelings of powerlessness and helplessness are the main causes for depression among Gazans,” says Zeyada. “Men, who in eastern culture are the powerful figures in the family, are particularly affected. After having been able to care for their families, overnight they become nothing. I come across many people looking for ways to finish their lives”.

“Naima’s family is one of thousands who became poor overnight as a result of the blockade,” says Karl Schembri, Oxfam spokesman in Gaza. “It makes it next to impossible for such families to recover their economic losses. Depression is rife. Oxfam offers temporary jobs for people like Naima in sewing workshops, but the crisis of dignity gripping her husband and so many other men we meet is hard to tackle.” “After the 2009 military operation against Gaza, the number of children who were clearly traumatised was so visible,” he says. “Children are less attentive in school. Two-thirds fear more war and a high percentage want revenge.

4 Responses to Israel tries to break Palestinian psyche

  1. Alex August 6, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Since NAKBA Israel never stopped tring to break Palestinian psyche.

  2. who_me August 6, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    the israelis rely heavily on psychological warfare. they work to keep things so bad in gaza and the west bank so people will tire of the abuse and leave.

  3. Alex August 6, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    True, but the real problem is the tire Leadership refusing to retire.

    Palestinians, faced this after the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, when Arafat, under the slogan of: “O WE ARE ALONE يا وحدنا” layed arms and left to Tunis, Yemen, Algeria…

    Other Palestinian resistance faction withdraw to Bekaa and later, hand in hand with the Lebanese pariot movement and the Arab Syrian Army, Launched the ir counter attack, that burried the shamfull May 17 peace treaty, and started the Liberation War 1982-2000).

    Palestinian are facing now a similar situation, thank to “Satan”Spring.HAMAS BOWED TO MAMA (BADEA)and BABA QARADAWI, they learned from Lebanon’s lesson, the chances of selling out Palestine with Syraia and resistance axis standing firm is nill.

    Therefore, Syria should surrender, or destroyed along with Resistance faction based in Damascus, Hezbollah and Iran should be isolated, then Hamas will say “O WE ARE ALONE يا وحدنا”.

  4. who_me August 8, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    new aide vessel sails towards gaza:

    “The SV Estelle, a 53-metre vessel backed mainly by Swedish and Norwegian groups, will sail from Oslo on Tuesday, and organizers hope several other ships will join it during its journey before it reaches waters off Gaza in October.”