Ex-Soldier: Child Terrorists Led to PTSD (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/15/12)
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A former IDF soldier is in a legal battle to be recognized as having
been handicapped in battle. The ex-soldier says he is mentally ill
due to trauma suffered in war, specifically due to terrorist groups’
use of child soldiers.
The man says that during his service in the First Lebanon War, he and
fellow soldiers were attacked by child terrorists carrying RPGs more
than 10 times. Each time he was forced to open fire, a move that
saved his life, but – he says – caused lasting mental trauma.
The young attackers now haunt his dreams, he says.
The Defense Ministry, defending against the suit, recognizes the
plaintiff as mentally ill, but argues that his illness was not caused
by his IDF service. Ministry officials say an expert found no
connection between the man’s current mental illness and PTSD.
Attorney Guy Beiton, representing the plaintiff, agrees that his
client’s current illness is not PTSD. However, he argues, it was
caused by untreated PTSD. Beiton noted that his client has no family
history of mental illness.
Terrorist groups’ use of children is a known phenomenon in Judea,
Samaria and Gaza as well as southern Lebanon. Terrorist commanders
hope children will more easily pass for non-combatants. If child
terrorists are killed, their deaths are used for propaganda.
Several of the Palestinian Authority Arabs who blew themselves up in
suicide bombings during the Second Intifada (also known as the Oslo
War) were under the age of 18. Children as young as 11 were caught
attempting to smuggle bombs through checkpoints.
PA media has promoted violence to even the youngest children through
cartoons and TV shows, in what psychologists have
termed “indoctrination to hatred.” Hamas does the same with child-
friendly TV characters that teach hate. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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