Some 10 survivors of rave massacre committed to mental health hospitals – official

At least ten survivors of the Nova rave massacre have been committed in psychiatric institutions since October 7, when Hamas terrorists killed some 260 people with gunfire and grenades at the festival near Kibbutz Re’im, which borders the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s national commissioner for involuntary hospitalization, Daniel Raz, who works within the Justice Ministry, told a special Knesset Health Committee session yesterday that “quite a few people” from the festival had been involuntarily committed.

The session was called in order to examine the country’s mental health services in the wake of the October 7 onslaught, in which some 3,000 Hamas terrorists burst through the border with Israel, killing at least 1,200 people and taking some 240 hostages.

Speaking to Channel 12 after the session, Raz placed the number at around ten people, and explained that “in some cases, there was no choice; the festival attendees were in very difficult mental states. The survivors went into a turbulent mental state in light of the difficult experiences they went through and dealing with the unbearable loss.”

“The Health Ministry is doing holy work, but there is no doubt that more needs to be done,” he cautioned.

During the Knesset session, health professionals presented a report indicating that the country’s public mental health services were overburdened long before October 7.

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