Israeli Defense Forces soldiers have historically had a very high rate of suicides, in spite of the fact that this rate had been improving recently. That improvement, however, took a turn for the worse after the latest IDF military operation in Gaza.
Now, the Israeli military police have opened an investigation into what is casing the recent spike in IDF suicides. Three members of an elite military unit recently committed suicide.
The soldiers were members of the Givati Brigade, who were directly involved in the Gaza ground operation during the recent War on Gaza.
One after another, the Givati soldiers began committing suicide after the Israeli operation ended.
The Israeli daily news Maariv explained that these were all cases of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, with two of the soldiers shooting themselves near the border with Gaza.
A senior military psychiatric specialist said that before this operation, last year saw less soldier suicides than normal, with only eight soldiers having committed suicide last year. This may have simply been an anomaly, as it was the lowest in recorded IDF history. Before that, the rate was on the increase, with suicide being the highest cause of death among IDF soldiers.
Gazans say that they are not surprised, as the brutality that they witnessed from IDF brigades would have, according to Gaza City resident M.A. Hussein, “been impossible for anyone with a conscience to live with.”
The Hodge 301 Cluster
In the most active starburst region in the local universe lies a cluster of brilliant, massive stars, known to astronomers as Hodge 301. Hodge 301, seen in the lower right hand corner of this image, lives inside the Tarantula Nebula in our galactic neighbor, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
This star cluster is not the brightest, or youngest, or most populous star cluster in the Tarantula Nebula — that honor goes to the spectacular R136. In fact, Hodge 301 is almost 10 times older than the young cluster R136. But age has its advantages; many of the stars in Hodge 301 are so old that they have exploded as supernovae. These exploded stars are blasting material out into the surrounding region at speeds of almost 200 miles per second. This high speed ejecta are plowing into the surrounding Tarantula Nebula, shocking and compressing the gas into a multitude of sheets and filaments, seen in the upper left portion of the picture.
Iglesia La Compania, Quito, Ecuador
when “”“”educated”“”” people type a whole lot of words that mean basically nothing and u feel stupid for not understanding them at first and then u reread it and realise NO they are literally saying nothing they are just typing meaningless sentences to revel in their own smugness.
Toubou mother, Niger
The way she’s holding that basket :>
Yeah, I might have watched a movie and gotten kind of mad.
This is seriously a trope I’d love to never see again though.
I can think of three movies that do this straight off the bat, and I’d bet there are more like dozens
Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.
Lego Movie… Wanted…
Whenever there is an increase in violence in Palestine, a lot of people who generally do not pay attention to that part of the world suddenly have opinions that must be expressed. In 99% of the cases, these opinions are based on the news stories that are being churned out at…
Alaa, an ambulance driver, feeds cats in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo. Alaa buys about $4 of meat everyday to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neigbourhood in Aleppo that has been deserted because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad. Alaa said that he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over 2 months.
Via EURONEWS - REUTERS/Hosam Katan
(Thank you, Liousha & Tiki!)