Avi Issacharoff, They would be faced with the truth - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 16.06.07 | 22:14 (IDT)

    Avi Issacharoff, I believe it is a case where they would have to face the truth about how their government's policies are responsible for the infighting. And if you take a look at Dr. Alice Rothchild's Reports from Gaza in 2005 --it is all there too. Dutch "we witnessed the devastating consequences for the civilian population of years of Israeli military operations. The checkpoints, closures and the severe restriction on movement and economic activity have contributed to rising unemployment, poverty accompanied by unusually high rates of infant mortality, acute and chronic malnutrition and inadequate outpatient and hospital care. The academic and medical institutions in Gaza are also severely stressed. Yet we were impressed by the resilience of those institutions. We also were impressed with the decency, moderation and endurance of the vast majority of Palestinians. While settlers express outrage at the government that once supported and encouraged them, where is the outrage for thousands of Palestinians who have been humiliated, displaced, left homeless, wounded and killed because of the perceived needs of the settler movement and aggressive Israeli incursions, home demolitions and checkpoints? At the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Dr. Eyad el Sarraj spoke of an entire population suffering from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, a consequence of high unemployment, extreme poverty and massive exposure to violence.... "We visited a family in southern Gaza where a child was suffering from PTSD after losing his father to Israeli army bullets and his home to a bulldozer. In the ghost town of Rafah, we stood in a sea of devastation - 1,500 demolished homes, crumpled concrete and twisted wire. A recent study by the program of 10- to 19-year-olds in Gaza found that two-thirds have seen a friend or neighbor killed or wounded, more than one-third have been tear-gassed and 82 percent suffer from moderate to severe PTSD. We know that the more trauma and violence occur in a child`s youth, the more risk-taking and violence happen in later life. ( http://www.vopj.org/conflict22.htm )

    from the article: The bystanders
    First published 00:00 15.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 15.06.07
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