Indeed, the effects of subsisting in the Gaza environment, observers say, are troubling. Levels of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are high, the GCMHP says, even a year and a half after the war with Israel that left 1,400 Palestinians dead. A recent report by the organization said two-thirds of the population still suffered symptoms of PTSD. Many Gazan children exhibit anxiety, hyperactivity, aggression and bed-wetting, Zeyada adds, behaviors that the GCMHP trains parents and teachers on how to deal with. And the GCMHP's Gaza City Center — one of three in the Strip — administers clinical psychological care to 9,000 advanced patients alone.The cure for Gazan blues? One needn't be a Dr. Freud to figure it out: get rid of Hamas so the healing can begin. Barring that, I'm sure they'd feel a whole lot better if they got to fulfill their hearts' desire and snuff the Jews.
"People are hopeless," says Mo Darabaih, 32, a Chicago cop and Palestinian American, who returned to Gaza last week for the first time in nine years to find his once prosperous family listless and broke. "You feel depressed as soon as you talk to anyone." The faint sound of a helicopter is audible as Darabaih talks. "You see this Apache," he says, pointing to the sky. "This is weird to me. To them, they're so used to it, it doesn't matter."
Friday, August 13, 2010
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Anti-Israel Propaganda
They may have a shmancy new mall stuffed with goods galore, but according to this Time Magazine piece, Gazans are suffering from all sorts of psychological trauma--and you-know-who (here's a hint: it's not Hamas) is to blame: