Beyond Security: Reimagining Palestinian Mental Health under Administrative Detention and Violence – by Bailey Dressner

Bailey is a 4th year undergraduate student in the Global Studies department at UC Santa Barbara.

Bailey’s research aims to examine the profound impact of administrative detention and military violence on Palestinian youth within the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, particularly focusing on the social and psychological impacts of trauma. Israel’s use of arbitrary detention has sparked controversy and remains a deeply contentious issue, as these aggressive measures violate fundamental human rights and perpetuate violence and insecurity in the region. This study highlights the works of organizations and medical professionals striving to develop effective mental health interventions within this unique context. By challenging the perception of Palestinian youth as agentless victims, the objective is to advocate for a comprehensive mental health framework that acknowledges the unique context of life within the Occupied Territories and encourages engagement in the collective anticolonial struggle for freedom.


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