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June 16, 2015 5:29 pm

At Least 63% of Children in Near-Gaza Communities Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress, Israeli Research Shows (VIDEO)

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A burning factory in Sderot that was hit by a rocket from Gaza in the war during summer 2014. Photo: Natan Flayer via Wikimedia Commons.

A burning factory in Sderot that was hit by a rocket from Gaza in the war during the summer of 2014. Photo: Natan Flayer via Wikimedia Commons.

No less than 63 percent of children in the southern Israeli town of Sderot suffer from post-traumatic stress, mostly due to the intense rounds of violence that have occurred between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Tuesday.

The figures were compiled in a new study by Professor Mooli Lahad, who specializes in psychotrauma.

And as summer vacation approached in Israel this week, the children of Sderot and other communities surrounding Gaza related memories of last summer’s violent conflict with Gazan terrorists to Channel 2.

“Summer is nearing again, the big vacation, and immediately we think there’s going to be another round [of violence] on the way, with small explosions and attacks here and there,” Shai-Li Wastland, 16, from Nir Oz told Channel 2.

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Wastland filmed herself last year running to reach fortified bomb shelters within a matter of seconds before mortar shells exploded in the vicinity.

“It was very frightening to film it,” she recalled. “And what’s more to think that I did it and showed these moments to other people to share this difficult experience with them.”

“I’m afraid that there will be another code-red alert, and I’ll be in an unprotected space,” said 11-year-old Alon Kadosh of Sderot. “I’m afraid I won’t be near a shelter.”

Eleven-year-old Hadar Malka said she still jumps at “every little sound, even passing cars remind me a bit of the code-red [siren], and I begin to get stressed out.”

Omri Dinor, 12, said she gets most frightened at night.

“Truthfully, I have a lot of nightmares,” she said. “When it happens, I immediately jump up and go to my siblings’ room. When I’m really scared by some intense dream, I know that my siblings’ room is next to the protected shelter and my parents’ room.”

Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip fought a 50-day war last summer in which thousands of rockets were fired at Israeli population centers. While communities further away from the border have as much as a minute and a half to reach bomb shelters, for communities closest to the border, sometimes only a few seconds are available as mortar shells are fired from close range.

A fear-year-old child was killed in one such mortar attack last summer trying to reach a bomb shelter.

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  • DockyWocky

    While this info about Sderot is important, it brings to mind the question: Why do the children of the Gazonians apparently not appear to have PTSD?

    I know that islam heavily controls all aspects of life in areas controlled by islamic nutters, but can this actually be? While our troops are regularly diagnosed with this malady, I never hear about islamic terrorists suffering from PTSD…at least the ones who survive.

  • nelson marans

    As usual, the mainstream media only mention the trauma of the children in the Hamas controlled Gaza strip. The greater daily trauma of Israeli children are rarely noted. Unfortunately very little can be done about the biased reporting that occurs in our local and national newspapers and in the TV and radio broadcasts.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Awful

    But one wonders how much worse it might be to have lived through frequent bombing and the razing of your neighbourhood and to have witnessed other children dead and seriously injured

    No children should be subject to any of this

    • Marlene Josephs

      I agree with you. Then the Arabs shouldn’t start the war, should they? If they laid down their arms, there would be IMMEDIATE peace…if Israel would lay down its arms, there would be NO MORE ISRAEL. Our army is called the IDF…which means Israel DEFENCE force. We don’t start wars, we try to protect our citizens…GET IT?!?! Our citizens are protected by its army which stands in front of its citizens to protect it. Hamas hides behind its citizens like cowards…and also kills them if they try to escape. Why aren’t you outraged about that, tell me? And why aren’t you outraged about how many thousands of citizens have been killed by their own country in Syria and so many other countries around the world. Your moral outrage when it comes to the evils that Israel is supposed to have commited is phony, Julian, and you know it. Your anti-Semitism is showing, my dear!!! The head of the US Joint Chief of Staff and his counterparts in the UK, Germany, France and other countries have carefully studied the war last summer and found that the IDF went above and beyond any international code of ethics and was found to be the most moral army in the world. What do you have to say about that? Did you even read this…it just came out in the past couple of days? Oh, if it’s something positive about Israel, I’m sure that you just pass on reading this, right? And yet the UN is going to try and hold Israel accountable for wrong doings anyway…even though it is THEY who teach in their schools in Gaza to hate Israel and the Jews, they hide weapons and ammunition in their buildings and when it’s found by the IDF, they deny knowing anything about it and then hand it over to the Arabs. You are all a bunch of phony hypocrites…ALL OF YOU!!!

      • Betty

        Marlene you are so right. we get reports from Pamela Geller. how thing are and Robert Spencer and other sites.I so hate what is going in Israel pray each day this will change for you. and that the muslims will wake to the true GOD OF THE HOLY BIBLE. and the evil they are doing to the world. from AMERICA. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU SAFE IN HIS LOVING ARMS.

  • 10

    THOSE KIDS SUFFER ALL OVER THE MIDDLE EAST BY PARENTS FOLLOWING THE CORRUPTED GOVERNEMNTS.

  • 10

    THOSE KIDS ARE CONNECTED TO PARENTS TO KEEP THEM IN RUBBLE AND THE PARENTS DON’T KNOW BETTER.

  • 10

    THE JEWS ARE WORKING TO BRING THEM BACK TO GAZA USING KIDS SO THE PICTURE ABOVE CAN STAY IN THE NEWS ON A REGULAR BASIS.

  • 10

    THE JEWS STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. TELLING PEOPLE WHO THEY ARE NOT TO OWN HAVE NOTHING AND PROMOTE THE OTHER. YOU DO NOT SEE OTHER RELIGIONS AND CULTURES DO THAT TO THEMSELVES. THE JEWS DO. HOW THE JEWS WERE PORTRAYED TAKE THOSE WORDS AND PUT IT ON THE OTHER RELIGIONS AND NATIONALITIES YOU WILL NOT FIND IT.

  • Hein Tiede

    I would like to show this video to my pupils. It would be a big help to have an English translation.

  • Israeli children have the example of their parent’s Faith which helps them keep healthy and strong

    • Marlene Josephs

      That’s nonsense! This stress is real. Two of my daughters and their families live in Israel…not in the south by Sderot or Ashkelon or Ashdod where they have gotten bombed for many years, even before Israel gave away Gush Katif ten years ago. And they don’t live up north by Syria and Lebanon. That being said, even though our grandchildren didn’t experience nearly the same kind of trauma of those kids who live in the south and the north, every time they hear any sound which reminds them of the sirens where they had to run for shelter in their safe rooms, they panic. How would you like your children to have to live like this?

  • RobiMac

    Well, what can you expect when rockets are being fired in to their back yards daily? The palestinians or any other muslim for that matter, do not care the harm they cause to their children. Israel needs to take care of them immediately.

  • elaine hemmingway

    That’s not fair

    • Marlene Josephs

      Elaine…what’s not fair? Huh?

  • Greater Israel belongs exclusively to the Jewish people

    There were about 600,000 Arabs 300,000 that left their homes in 1948, mostly of their own volition, more or less at the same time as the over 990,000 Jewish families refugees who were persecuted and expelled from Arab countries, who have lived in those Arab countries for over 2,200 years, of which the Arabs confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real Estate 120,440 sq. km or 75,000 sq. miles (which is 5-6 times the size of Israel).valued in the trillions of dollars. We resettled ours Jewish refugees from Arab countries with limited land and resources — resettle yours (on the land and homes and land you confiscated from the Jewish people in the Arab countries. There is also Jordan which was taken from the Jews), the 21 Arab states have more land and resources. The Arab dis-information must be ignored and countered.

    We are tired of hearing anything from anyone associated with the U.N. The U.N. is a biased parasitic and criminal enterprise dominated by our-Israel’s mortal enemies. The U.N. cannot create states, it can only recommend and so can other nations only recommend and not create a state that never existed before in history. The U.N. has no authority to violate international treaties (confirmed by the 1920 treaty of Sevres) that reconstituted Israel in Palestine and no other entity was allocated territory in Palestine by International Treaties. If they want an Arab-Palestinian state, it already exists, it is Jordan which has taken 80% of Jewish allocated land, in violation of international treaties. They also have the land the Arabs Countries confiscated from the Jewish people which is 5-6 times the size of Israel 120,440 sq. km.

    We are tired of stupid post-colonialist rhetoric. We liberated our territory after being attacked by the surrounding Arab countries. We are not ‘colonists’ and Arabs do not have the right to murder us in the name of ‘resistance’ or beheading Jewish Rabbi’s in Jerusalem’s Har Nof Synagogue. Talking this way reveals you as moral imbeciles. The Arabs train their children to be suicide bombers and terrorists. The Arabs are the colonialists, they have colonized the whole Middle East. They are on their way to colonize Europe and bring more death and violence. (The France massacre killing 12 people and other violent attacks against civilians throughout the world).
    The government of Israel has the duty, obligation and responsibility to defend its people against any harm whatsoever with no holds barred, world opinion or criticism be damned.
    YJ Draiman.

    • Marlene Josephs

      Well said, YJ. I’m copying what you wrote and borrowing it for further arguments with other imbeciles that I come across. I hope that you don’d mind.

      Thanks!

    • Marky

      I totally agree with you. For some third worldist fools Israel is “apartheid, nazism, colonialism” etc…
      Seriously? Colonialism? Do tehy know what colonialism means? Jewish people is returning to their ancient homeland. They’re not the British in India, or the French in Vietnam or the Portuguese in Angola, they’re the Jews in Judea.
      Israel GOT NO apartheid. The 20% of the israeli population is Arab (christians, druzes, yazidies, muslims) also with other ethnical groups (falashas, kurds and jews from the whole world). Apartheid is what too many arab nations do to their own people and to their minorities, like the sudanese government did against balck christians and animists in Darfur.

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    JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED SINNED WITH THEIVES ON EACH SIDE THEN ABANDONED HIS RELIGION WE WERE PUNISHED FOR IT

    • Marlene Josephs

      Who are you? And what the hell are you talking about? Jesus…what????

  • joyce elais

    Totally unacceptable and where is the UN condemnation of Hamas and their rocket fire Their silence is as usual deafening.

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