The Human Impact of Conflict: Supporting Israelis and Palestinians in Times of Grief
The conflict in Gaza and Israel has resulted in a cycle of grief
The ongoing conflict between Gaza and Israel has left a profound impact on the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians communities not only in the region but around the world. While the geopolitical and historical factors that underlie the conflict are complex, it is essential to remember that ordinary people are caught in the crossfire, experiencing grief, loss, and trauma on a daily basis.
Let’s remember the human impact of the Gaza-Israel conflict and the importance of supporting Israelis and Palestinians as they navigate the emotional toll of this protracted conflict.
A Cycle of Grief and Loss
The conflict in Gaza and Israel has resulted in a cycle of grief and loss that has persisted for generations. For both Israelis and Palestinians living in these areas, the loss of loved ones, homes, and livelihoods is a constant reality.
Many have experienced the trauma of living through bombings, displacement, and the loss of friends and family members. The psychological scars of this ongoing violence are immeasurable. Relatives in other countries, such as the UK are also experiencing loss of loved ones.
How you can Show Support
One of the first steps in supporting both Israelis and Palestinians communities affected by the conflict is to show empathy and compassion. Recognise the pain and suffering that individuals and families are enduring. This acknowledgment can go a long way in validating their experiences and feelings.
Sometimes, the most important thing you can do is to listen. Allow the grieving person to talk about their feelings, their loved one, and their experiences. Be present and give them your full attention when they want to share.
Offer practical assistance, such as helping with daily tasks, cooking, or running errands. Grief can be emotionally and physically draining, and these small acts of kindness can be incredibly helpful.
Avoid making assumptions about their feelings or needs. Instead, ask open-ended questions, like "How can I support you?" or "Is there anything specific you need?
Be mindful of the person's cultural and religious practices, as they can play a significant role in the grieving process. Offer support in line with their customs and beliefs.
Suggest professional grief support if they are open to it. Sometimes, talking to a trained grief professional can be incredibly beneficial.
Grief doesn't have a set timeline, and the grieving person may need support for an extended period. Continue to check in on them regularly, even after some time has passed
If you're not well-informed about the Gaza conflict, take the time to educate yourself. This can help you better understand the person's experiences and emotions.
Remember that everyone grieves differently, and your support should be tailored to the individual's needs and preferences. Your willingness to be there for them during this challenging time is a valuable source of comfort and solace.
If you’re experiencing grief related to the conflict and you’re looking for support, please get in touch so we can connect you with our trained grief specialists.