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More Israelis Seek Psychological Help Due to Rocket Fire
Experts say children in the south live in a state of "routine emergency."
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Rounds of fighting in southern Israel and the constant rocket fire on towns and cities bordering the Gaza Strip have not only physically endangered the safety of residents, but have also had a telling effect on their psychological health.

The ERAN Association for Emotional First Aid has reported an increase of 22 percent in the number of Israelis in the south who have contacted it in recent days for assistance. More than 150 rockets have been fired at southern Israel since Saturday night, Israeli officials said.

Tamar Auerbach, director of social services in the Eshkol Regional Council, said Sunday that social services departments in the south in general, and in the Eshkol Regional Council in particular, had been very busy in recent days providing immediate solutions to victims of anxiety and trauma. A special care unit had been established to provide immediate treatment to people suffering from anxiety. “We find ourselves providing service to citizens whose situation only seems to be worsening. We arrive in the town or city immediately after a rocket has exploded there and we begin providing treatment right away,” she said.

Amira Haim, director of the Education Ministry’s southern district, explained that children in the south were living in a reality that could only be called a “routine emergency”—a constant state of emergency. She said that educationally it was important to maintain as consistent a learning schedule as possible. Even in kindergartens, activities are conducted to help children deal with anxiety, including workshops with dolls and the singing of songs to help children overcome fears of the Color Red rocket warning siren system.

“Just today, a 4-year-old boy said he was happy it was finally raining because the rain would extinguish Qassam fire. This is the reality that he knows,” Haim said. Some children have called the ERAN Association’s hotline asking, “Who will protect me if the IDF responds [to the rocket fire] and the situation worsens?” The ERAN hotline provides emotional support in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian.

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11/14/2012 - 20:53
ERAN, Eshkol Regional Council, Sderot
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That is very sad indeed. Did any body ever suggest a different solution instead or raining terror by waging more and more killing in Gaza? Have any body in the Israeli government suggested to break the cycle of terror with the Palestinians. Did it ever come to mind what happen to the Gaza children from the punishment of the Israeli army to the whole civilians of the towns and cities of Gaza? If the Sderot kids are going through all that from a tube unguided pipes, imagine the terror that goes in the minds and hearts of the Palestinian children from the F16, F15, and the Apachi ware machines ,the constant Drones over their heads ,day and night,when they blow up their homes, schools and hospitals. This vicious circle of terror should stop from both sides.There should be a better way than killing as a solution.

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