figures regarding the mental state of the evacuated settlers from Gaza Strip,
eve of the disengagement plan led by the Israeli government, were exposed in a
new study conducted by the
. 54% of the respondents reported difficulty in concentration and memory and 81%
reported that the mere thought of the disengagement plan causes them anxiety and
Prof. Steven Hobfoll and Dr. Daphna Canetti-Nisim who studied the 'psychological
and political effects of the disengagement plan on the settlers' in
collaboration with Eran Hallperin and Oren Shapira, pointed out that at the eve
of the evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, 27.6% suffered from
symptoms that characterize post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), 42.5%
suffered moderate to high degrees of depressive symptoms. "These figures
are unusually high", state the researchers, who emphasized that a deeper
inspection of the respondents' answers mirrors the magnitude of the
psychological desolation the settlers had suffered just prior to the
Prof. Hobfoll noted that a considerable proportion of the respondents reported
general performance disruptions and interferences with their daily routine
following the disengagement. 62% of the settlers invested immense efforts to
prevent such thoughts.
The study was carried out by means of telephone interviews amid 190 Jewish
settlers, 75% of which were married with children, 42.9% had over five children.
75.5% defined themselves as 'right wing' and 9.6% as 'extreme right wing'.
Amir Gilat is the head of communication
and media relations for the University of Haifa's Department
of External Affairs.