Daily Israel Report

The Effects of Terrorism

First Publish: 5/16/2003, 3:35 PM

According to new research carried out by the Adler Center at Tel Aviv University and the Judea and Samaria College in Ariel, 42.7 percent of Israeli children said that they were suffering from symptoms of shock as a result of the PLO-led terrorist war. Notably, the incidence of such symptoms was higher in major cities less exposed to terrorist atrocities than in many communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which have suffered the brunt of the PLO war.

The research was based on interviews and data gathered from 3,000 children
following a series of terrorist attacks last year. The symptoms noted in the children included flashbacks of events, nightmares, panic, "troubling thoughts", feelings of detachment, inability to concentrate and a general feeling of uneasiness. One-fifth of the surveyed children were found to have had a relative who was a victim of terrorism, with 300 children having lost a loved one in a terrorist attack.