Samah Jabr

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Dr. Samah Jabr is a Palestinian psychiatrist, psychotherapist and writer.
She graduated from Al Quds University (Jerusalem), Pierre-et-Marie- Curie University and Diderot University (Paris), and the Israeli Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She addresses the individual and collective psychological damage of the Israeli occupation.
Born in East-Jerusalem, Dr. Samah Jabr works in various cities of the West Bank. She was Head of the Ramallah Community Mental Health Centre and is now Chair of the Mental Health Unit at the Ministry of Health. As a clinician, she holds a private practice as well, and also works as a medical trainer and advisor for local and international NGOs.
She has been writing since the late 1990s, and has testified to the Palestinian daily experience in numerous articles and lectures. Alongside the documentary, her eponymous book Derrière les fronts : chroniques d’une psychiatre psychothérapeute palestinienne sous occupation [Beyond the Frontlines: Columns from a Palestinian Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist under Occupation] was published by PMN Editions (Paris, 2018).
In 2018, she has launched a petition with the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network, protesting the decision by the Board of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy to hold its 2019 international conference in Tel Aviv.
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