Jenny King says 'pain is pain' – can dialogue spark empathy amid Israel-Hamas war?

Jenny King with Take a Break card deck

ideastreamJenny King, co-director of the Center on Trauma and Adversity and assistant professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, said that for Northeast Ohio’s 80,000 Jews and 25,000 Palestinians, the conflict between Israel and Hamas hits all too close to home. “Even though they're here and the threat is not a physical one per se, it is experienced by the body as though it is," she said. "We're all kind of extra vigilant, scanning for danger or holding our people close ... in this sort of prolonged fear state, which is really hard on the body."

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