Updates

2017

A general view of Gaza City after last conflict between Israel and Hamas.

A general view of Gaza City after the last conflict between Israel and Hamas. Photo courtesy of the Globe Post

A Not So Slow Genocide
Physician Alice Rothchild, a Gaza Mental Health Foundation board member, writes about what is happening in the Gaza Strip as a slowly unfolding genocide:

While the world is appropriately focused on the massive humanitarian crises in places like Syria and Mosul and South Sudan, two million Gazans face a growing manmade disaster that is largely invisible. After 50 years of occupation, a decade of strangulating siege, and multiple high and low-intensity Israeli assaults on an almost daily basis, a power struggle between Hamas and Fatah, aided and abetted by the Israeli government, now threatens the very lives of these beleaguered people….

Read her full article.

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Medications in Dangerously Short Supply in Gaza
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel reports that there are “unprecedented levels of scarcity” of medications and medical equipment needed for surgery in Gaza, and that the closure and escalating electricity crisis have hit hospitals hard.

Read more in this message from Physicians for Human Rights.


A Decade of De-Development in Gaza:
Two Million People Denied a Human Standard of Living

Read the new report by Bo Schack, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza.

 

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What is life like for Gaza Strip residents as the Israeli blockade enters its 12th year?  How can mental health thrive under these conditions? Read the “100,000 Hours of Isolation” report for more.

 

 

 

 


2015

Missile deaths on Gaza beach

October 2015: Interview with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei in the Institute for Palestine Studies Journal. Read the full interview.

September 25, 2015 – Mondoweiss published an article exploring interesting perspectives on mental health and collective depression in Gaza. Read more.

September 18, 2015 – The Nation published an article on the impact of the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza on surviving family members and the ways in which although many physical wounds have healed, psychological scars persist as trauma can have residual effects that change, develop, and devastate over time. Read the article.

September 2, 2015Truthout, an independent nonprofit news agency, recently published an article on the impact of living under chronic siege on Palestinian family health focusing on how the infant death rate in Gaza has increased for the first time in five decades. Read the article.

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August 25, 2015 – Journalist Belen Fernandez shares her commentary on discourses around the complexity of psychological trauma experienced by Palestinian families in Gaza, see article Permanent Traumatic Stress Disorder in Gaza for more.

Palestinian children stand amid the rubble of their partially rebuilt house, on May 11, 2015, which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in the Eastern Gaza City Shujaiya neighbourhood. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

Palestinian children stand amid the rubble of their partially rebuilt house on May 11, 2015. Their home was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014 in the Eastern Gaza City’s Shujaiya neighbourhood. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

August 22: Dave Lippman and the Lippband held a benefit for the Gaza Community Mental Health Clinic on Saturday August 22 in Brooklyn. Watch the nearly-award-winning promo video.

Jews for Justice for Palestinians share a powerful Homage to Eyad El-Sarraj.

Gaza Mental Health Foundation Board member Othman Mohammad helped to create a new video series with the #Bissalameh program team. Watch the video and read more.

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New York Magazine’s Science of Us: A Youth PTSD Catastrophe is Brewing in Gaza

FirstPost: Gaza’s brewing crisis: Children struggle to keep a grip on sanity

Jamila Sherif et al: The current state of healthcare in Gaza

Voice of America: Gaza Mental Health President Bill Slaughter speaks to Voice of America
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World Health Organization: Shell-shocked Gazans seek to expand mental health services in wake of conflict

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Newsweek: Doctors Start Work as UN Estimates 400,000 Gaza Children Need Psychological Care

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New York Times: UN Reports Dire Impact on Children in Gaza Strip

Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Photo by Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times

New York Times: In Fatal Flash, Gaza Psychologist Switches Roles, Turning Into a Trauma Victim

Hassan al-Zeyada, a psychologist who works at the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, at his home in Gaza. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Hassan al-Zeyada, a psychologist who works at the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, at his home in Gaza. Photo by Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times

A Palestinian man surveyed his devastated neighborhood Monday from the doorway of his destroyed home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

A Palestinian man surveyed his devastated neighborhood Monday from the doorway of his destroyed home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Photo by Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times

The Telegraph: Gaza conflict ‘causing PTSD in children’ after seeing dead bodies and witnessing heavy shelling

A 9-year-old girl is covered in shrapnel wounds at Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City Photo: Rex

The New Yorker: Fathers and Sons in Gaza, July 26, 2014, by Wasseem El Sarraj, son of Dr. Eyad Sarraj, the Gaza Strip’s first psychiatrist and the founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

Photograph by Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty.

Photograph by Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Conversation: What Is Happening to the Mental Health of Young People Caught Up in Gaza Conflict? July 28, 2014 by Jon Snow

Children in Gaza are caught in the crossfire of the conflict. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Children in Gaza are caught in the crossfire of the conflict. Mohammed Saber/EPA

UK Channel 4 Snow Blog: Gaza: is this a war on children? July 23, 2014 by Jon Snow

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