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Thursday, June 03, 2004

Young Israelis and the trauma of Palestinian terrorist attacks

BBC: A recent Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma survey of young people in Jerusalem found that 50% had been exposed to a terrorist attack and that 20% had lost a relative.

Despite this, researchers found that Israeli children are "extraordinarily resilient" and that only 5% had developed full blown post-traumatic stress disorder.

The study found that young people living on settlements in the West Bank and Gaza were less susceptible to trauma despite being exposed to more frequent attacks.

06/08/04 UPDATE: I cannot help but compare this to the findings of a Palestinian psychologist, who claims, according to World Net Daily, that more than half of Palestinian children aged 6 to 11 dream of becoming suicide bombers.

Dr. Massalha's study led him to the conclusion that "in about 10 years, a very murderous generation will come of age, full of hatred and ready to die in suicide missions."