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inFOCUS Quarterly

Spring 2016

Israel - Beyond the Headlines


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Rocket Damage

An Israeli fireman inspects the damage at a school hit by rockets.

Palestinians rockets have damaged structures such as roads, houses, and schools. Usually, these structures can be repaired or rebuilt. Indeed, the emotional and psychological damage caused by these rockets is more severe that the physical damage wrought. That is why these attacks are characterized as "terrorism."

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is increasingly observed in Sderot, due to the constant barrage of rocket fired from Gaza. According to the Israel Center for Victims of Terror and War (NATAL), an average 30 percent of adults in the city of Sderot, and its neighboring towns have reported PTSD symptoms.

Between August of 2007 and March 2008 more than 1000 rockets were reportedly fired upon Israel, leading to 11 confirmed fatalities, 353 civilian injuries, and 69 military injuries. The number of Israelis receiving psychological help for shock and trauma is unknown.

In light of the Palestinians' increasing technical capabilities, coupled with the rise in smuggling of rocket components into Gaza, rockets may soon threaten most of Israel's estimated 6 million residents. Israel's Ambassador to Washington, Sallai Meridor, believes that these rockets can become an existential threat to Israel: "If terror can hit enough times at the heart of your nation, the heart of your society, your central nervous system, and hit enough people, it may become existential."

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