Anti-Semitism and its Mental Health Effects

The Israel Defense Forces saw an increase in the number of soldiers killed in uniform over the past year — 44 compared to the previous year’s 31 — as well as a rise in the number of suicides, according to statistics released by the military on Tuesday.

Suicide remained the leading cause of death, with at least 14 soldiers believed to have taken their own lives in 2022, compared to 11 the year prior.

Most of the suicides in the IDF last year were conscripted male troops, Brig. Gen. Yoram Knafo, chief of staff of the IDF Manpower Directorate, told reporters. He said two of the 14 cases were lone soldiers, troops who either do not have family in Israel or are not supported by their families in Israel.

Three soldiers were killed in combat over the past year: Maj. Bar Falah, Staff Sgt. Ido Baruch and Sgt. Noa Lazar.

Falah was killed in a Palestinian shooting attack on the West Bank security barrier in September; Baruch was killed in a shooting attack near the West Bank city of Nablus in October; and Lazar was shot dead at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem that same month.

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