Cafe Palestine Eight on 25 July with Dr Samah Jabr

Café Palestine Eight
Saturday 25 July
10.45am (UK time) 12.45pm (Palestine time)
Dialogue with Dr Samah Jabr:
The individual and collective impact of incarceration and torture: the Palestinian experience

The Cafe will open with live music from Palestine at 10.45am (UK time) / 12.45am (Palestine time)
The dialogue with Dr Samah Jabr will start at 11.00am (UK time) / 1pm (Palestine time)
The whole event is expected to last about 90 minutes

نوفر خدمة الترجمة إلى اللغة العربية في مقهى فلسطين لمن يحتاجون إلىها، سيكون هناك ملخص حصري ومتداول

باللغة العربية للعرض والأسئلة والإجابات.

إذا كنت تحتاج إلى الترجمة إلى اللغة العربية، أرسل رسالة إلى الإيميل التالي:

ستتوفر الترجمة من خلال الانضمام إلى مجموعة في تطبيق الواتساب.

ARABIC TRANSLATION AT CAFE PALESTINE: Throughout Cafe Palestine there will be a rolling Arabic text summary of the presentation, questions and answers available via Whatsapp.

Please contact if you would like to be added to the Whatsapp Arabic translation group.

Dr. Samah Jabr is a psychiatrist who practices in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. She is currently the Head of the Mental Health Unit within the Palestinian Ministry of Health. She has taught in local and international universities. Dr. Jabr often serves as a consultant for international organizations regarding mental health development. She is also a prolific writer and author of the book Beyond the Frontlines, “Derrière les fronts: Chroniques d’une psychiatre psychothérapeute palestinienne sous occupation”, which appeared in both French and Italian.

Samah featured in the 2017  film ‘Derrieres Les Fronts’, directed by Alexandra Dols, in which she shared her original insights into the state of Palestinian society, and called for internationa l support to the resistance against oppression.

Samah has extensive clinical experience working with the victims of imprisonment and torture, both of children and adults, men and women. For many years she has used the Istanbul Protocol to document cases of torture, and now teaches the Protocol to other clinicians.

Samah is one of the co-founders of the Palestine Global Mental Health Network

International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies
Settler Colonialism: the Palestine/Israel case

A special issue of the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies has been published under this title. It includes several papers that explore the psycho-social impact of life under occupation – for example,  one looks at the way that the death of a child or a house demolition affects the nature of fatherhood, another explores children’s own creative responses to their personal and collective experience of living in a ‘gun to body’ relationship to the colonizer. There are pieces that focus on what it means to provide community mental health services in Gaza, and on the encounter of Palestinian clinicians in ’48 to the writings of Franz Fanon. In addition, two papers focus on the arguments for active solidarity within the international mental health community, and the way that Western psycho-therapeutic organisations have sought to silence the Palestinian issue.

These papers are written by Liz Berger and Martin Kemp,from their involvement in the USA and UK Mental Health Networks (one co-authored by Samah Jabr,  our Cafe Palestine speaker). Other contributors are Abeer Otman, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, David Harrold, and Lara and Stephen Sheehi.

All these articles can be accessed free (for a limited period) at this link:


Recording of Café Palestine Seven

The seventh Cafe Palestine from Nazareth on 11 July featured feminist peace activist, writer and editor Nabila Espanioly speaking about domestic violence within the framework of intersectional struggle.

The Cafe opened with live music from from Gaza organised with featuring a father and daughter duo, Mohammed and Reema Al-Habbash playing oud and qanun. The music at Cafe Palestine is supported by PalMusic UK. PalMusic is currently running an appeal in support of the Edward Said National Conservatory for Music located in Palestine. You can support the appeal here:

PalMusic UK Urgent Appeal

PalMusic are also organising an online concert with 3 Palestinian musicians and a panel discussion “Navigating Isolation Through Music” on Sunday 26 July. More details are available in the attached flyer. More info is available here:

The first anniversary of the Palestine Global Mental Health Network

Palestinian clinicians launch mental health network after international association plans summit in Israel

It has been just over one year since more than 130 Palestinian mental health professionals met in al-Bireh to launch the Palestine-Global Mental Health Network, which was also attended by Palestinian professionals from the United States and the United Kingdom who participated through video-conferencing. The network aspires to unite Palestinians from all of dismembered Palestine and the diaspora. Please consider reading more about them and signing up to their mailing list:


The International Day to Support Victims of Torture took place on 26 June 2020:

Article written by Dr Samah Jabr, the speaker at the next Cafe Palestine, about the impact of incarceration on adolescent development:

Arrested adolescence: on the interrupted development of Palestinian minors in prison

The article ‘Social suffering and the psychological impact of structural violence and economic oppression in an ongoing conflict setting: The Gaza Strip’ by Jeyda Hammad and Rachel Tribe from the university of East London is now available. This study explores the impact of structural violence and economic oppression (e.g. politically induced poverty and unemployment) on mental health and wellbeing in the Gaza Strip. Dr Jeyda Hammad is a Counselling Psychologist working in a NHS trauma service. She is currently researching the impact the military occupation has on Palestinian mental health, and culturally sensitive mental health care for Arabic speaking populations.

The Great March of Return: Lessons from Gaza on Mass Resistance and Mental Health co-authored by a previous speaker at Cafe Palestine, Yasser Abu Jamei :