Times are increasingly frightening in the volatile Middle East. Israel has unfortunately learned creative and innovative ways of dealing with daily trauma.
The next few posts on this blog will include some descriptions of what daily life is like there, with some practices that can help with trauma and promote resiliency.
From Eleanor Pardess, an Israeli psychologist based in Tel-Aviv who tell of everyday life living with rocket attacks:
People in Shderot have a ten to fifteen second window of opportunity to find shelter before the missile impacts. In Tel Aviv it is a ninty second ..After a few about two minutes (hearing the fall of the bomb +learning how/where it fell and if there were any casualties through TV/internet ) life can go back to "normal". These rapid shifts are quite different from the long periods of sitting in shelters while being bombarded by planes etc (which I remember as a 13 year old from Yom Kipppur war or even from the kind of sitting in shelters in the gulf war. The getting back to what one was doing before the alert (checking students papers , giving a lecture, shopping, having a shower etc) after the alert is often incredible- a few seconds and things seem apparently back to normal