Good to see the thoughtful comments. I’ll try to respond to them in order they were posted.
Not sure about the role of karma – although I suppose it’s possible. I tend to see the Palestinian people’s resilience in face of the adversity as being more related to comfort derived from faith; close family ties; maintaing purpose in life amidst injustice.
As the term ‘complex trauma’ has evolved to highlight childhood abuse, for the ongoing trauma characterizing conflict situations like in Palestine, I am using ‘continuous traumatic stress’ – the term originally developed (as pointed out) in apartheid-era South Africa. Unlike C-PTSD, the point is to move away from localizing the trauma to the past, and to underline that it is ongoing – clearly the case with the occupation.
Agree that apartheid is a crime – wherever and whenever it takes place.
My main point was threefold.
1. To highlight that common language usage (i.e. PTSD) — while perhaps good-intentioned, can actually distort the narrative to suggest that ongoing political violence characterized by numerous human rights abuses is somehow a single episode traumatic event that’s intruded onto a previously stable situation.
2. To bring to awareness the central role that mental health professionals play in helping maintain hope and resilience amidst ongoing war crimes.
3. Shift the emphasis from a disease model – to a political solution. End the Occupation – Lift the Trauma.