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Cairo Arafat, a psychologist and an official in the Palestinian Planning Ministry, said that, though the survey doesn't address levels of clinical depression among Palestinians, it indicates an erosion of Palestinians' coping mechanisms developed over seven years of daily clashes with the Israeli army.
"We've never [before] been a society where we've had any type of significant internal struggles," Miss Arafat said. "Internal violence with the continuing levels of poverty and unemployment was a significant marker for many people that the situation was deteriorating further."