Israeli and Palestinian children being taught to dance together in Jaffa, Israel and in the process learning to co-exist in cooperation, admiration and mutual respect.
Dancing with the Enemy may just be the long term solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict for it is the children who will eventually get fed up and impatient with their parents dogmas and prejudices and lead their parents out of the dark prison of fear, occupation and apartheid towards the light of freedom, social cooperation and altruism ~ and in the process break down the Separation Wall of mutual hatred and distrust: Allen L Roland, Ph.D
"Shall we dance" ~ nervously spoken from a shy Palestinian boy to an equally nervous young Israeli girl, is breaking down fear based separation walls that have existed in the Middle East for decades. Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returned to Jaffa to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching dance to Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli children and the results were both amazing and illuminating.
The United States military has lost more troops to suicide than to combat for the second year in a row and better understanding combat-related risk factors for suicide is critical. We examined the association of killing and suicide among war veterans after accounting for PTSD, depression, and substance use disorders.
We utilized a cross-sectional, retrospective, nationally representative sample of Vietnam veterans from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). In order to perform a more in depth analysis, we utilized a subsample of these data, the NVVRS Clinical Interview Sample (CIS), which is representative of 1.3 million veterans who were eligible for the clinical interview by virtue of living in proximity to an interview site, located within 28 standard metropolitan regions throughout the United States.
Veterans who had higher killing experiences had twice the odds of suicidal ideation, compared to those with lower or no killing experiences, and substance use disorders were each associated with higher odds of suicidal ideation. Endorsement of suicide attempts was most strongly associated with PTSD.
Killing experiences are not routinely examined when assessing suicide risk. Our findings have important implications for conducting suicide risk assessments in veterans of war. See Report:
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