Wars and suicides in Israel, 1948-2006

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2012 May;9(5):1927-38. doi: 10.3390/ijerph9051927. Epub 2012 May 18.


This paper reports the characteristics of suicides which occurred during the existential and the non-existential wars in Israel. It provides a first approximation of whether the suicide patterns in each war are consistent with the findings of Morselli and Durkheim, and whether their theoretical interpretations can serve as a preliminary guideline to explaining the Israeli case, which is characterized by short periods of war, social integration during some of the non-existential wars, and a sharp rise in post-war male suicide rates following all of the existential wars. Implications for further studies on the subject in Israel and elsewhere are discussed.

Keywords: Israel; existential and non-existential wars; suicide.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Suicide / history*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Warfare*