December 27: Invisible scars

Many physicians fail to go beyond the symptoms and perhaps dig a little deeper, or quickly refer the case onward for further investigation.

December 26, 2013 23:12
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Sir, – With regard to the very informative “Terror’s invisible scars” (Comment & Features, December 25), I have seen many cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that have been translated into physical symptoms.

Many physicians fail to go beyond the symptoms and perhaps dig a little deeper, or quickly refer the case onward for further investigation. However, these can be long-lasting things that require collaboration between the one who treats the physical side and the one who is treating PTSD.

In the latter case, many lack proper training to return the individual to him or herself and to close-to-normal functioning.

OneFamily is to be praised for tackling this issue head-on and promoting further education and training in this area so that those affected can share with others.

As Marc Belzberg said, no Israeli is untouched by terror.

Bar Yochai

The writer is a retired physician who specialized in family medicine and obstetrics/gynecology Not hyperbole Sir, – I dislike disagreeing with my old friend Martin D. Stern (“Look elsewhere,” Letters, December 25), but he writes as a non-Israeli and has little personal experience of life in Israel.

He misunderstands the classification of “price tag” attacks as acts of terrorism and defines it as hyperbole. It is clear that the victims of such attacks feel terrorized and are afraid that they might suffer worse attacks in the future.

His suggestion that the police look for “‘useful idiot’ Jewish allies of the Left” is another case of the blind advising the seeing.


A few points

Sir, – Thanks go to Caroline B. Glick for pointing out US Secretary of State John Kerry’s follies (“Kerry’s oh-so-’90s security nonsense,” Our World, December 24). Oh, for leaders like Ben-Gurion, Golda, Begin and Shamir.

Surely, the time has come for our government to make some points very clear to both the US and Europeans.

• When Mr. Kerry proposed his “security arrangements” for the Jordan Valley, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, although depending on US and European financial support, immediately rejected those terms while our government tried to find another “solution.”

• While Israel has continued to make “goodwill gestures” to the Palestinians, as it undertook to do under both the Oslo Accords and the Road Map, the Palestinians have not fulfilled even their first obligation under those plans, namely to stop incitement and terrorism.

• Every time Israel releases terrorists with blood on their hands, Abbas receives them as heroes and awards them a monetary bonus plus a monthly pension. This means that US and European funding actually supports terrorism rather than fighting it.

• Israel, in order to satisfy US and European requests (demands?), imposed a 10-month freeze on building in Judea and Samaria so that Abbas should deign to negotiate, but only after nine months did he respond. Israel should now insist on a 10-month freeze in negotiations until he stops incitement, not only in English but also in Arabic, and starts educating his people for peace and coexistence.


Who’s in charge?

Sir, – Recent issues of your newspaper have been full of harsh comments about snow. No wonder your writers and readers are concerned with one major question: Who is in charge? If global warming is affecting the weather, we had better be ready to take care of our citizens and their property. The public must know and understand who is responsible, and the people who are responsible must know that the public is watching.

Let us hear from an accountable person. Let everybody accept the decision and stop competing.

Tel Aviv

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