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London Middle East Institute

The Invisible Damage of Life under Occupation

Samah Jabr

Date: 9 December 2014Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 9 December 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Series: Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East

Israel’s war against the Gaza Strip during this past summer caused 2,133 deaths (including 577 children) and over 11,000 injuries. Many thousands were left with lifelong disabilities, tens of thousands of homes were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. But such reports are just the tip of the iceberg of much more profound long-term effects on the well-being of a society that has been living under occupation for decades. The persistent psychosocial damage that has resulted from these cumulative injuries is unseen, unarticulated and immeasurable. How does the political situation impact on the mental health of Palestinians living under occupation?  How do Palestinians respond to their extraordinary circumstances? What can international civil society contribute? And what are the roles and responsibilities shared by mental health professionals to engage with this reality?

These are some of the questions asked by Dr Samah Jabr as she shares her personal experiences working as a clinician in occupied Palestine.

Dr Samah Jabr is a psychiatrist practicing in the public and the private sectors within Palestine in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. She has taught both in the classroom and in clinical settings on the faculties of Al Quds University, Bethlehem University, Birzeit University, and George Washington University within the Division of Global Mental Health, where she is currently an Associate Clinical Professor. She has recently finished her studies at the Israeli Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and, then joined the Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program. Her varied areas of interest include community mental health, mental health for prisoners, psychological documentation of torture, CBT, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, addiction, childhood trauma, and the integration of mental health within primary health care.

Organiser: London Middle East Institute, Centre for Palestine Studies and UK-Palestine Mental Health Network

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