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American Psychiatric Association Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Israel

  • October 11, 2023

Update: November 9, 2023


In response to the violence, loss of life, and trauma caused by the ongoing conflict in Gaza and Israel, the APA expresses its deep concern for all the Israeli, Palestinian and other people impacted. The APA urges that aid to the most vulnerable in the region be top priority. Finally, while we support the First Amendment right to protest, we reject antisemitism and Islamophobia in all its forms.

For those experiencing the mental health impact of this tragedy, please find resources here.

Washington, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Israel. Innocent civilians should never have to endure the violence and chaos that happened last weekend. APA sends our support to all those affected in Israel and around the world. We mourn those who were lost and call for the immediate return of all hostages to their families. The scale of this terrorist act and the harm it is causing is unfathomable.

Antisemitism and all forms of prejudice and hatred are unacceptable, and we stand with the Jewish people, now and as always. The brutalities of Hamas must end. It is our firm hope that one day we can see peace between the Israelis and Palestinians and an end to the violence in the Middle East.

For those directly impacted, and for those deeply impacted around the world, know that these horrifying events may affect your mental health. Resources are available on APA's

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