Hafrada

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Hafrada is a Hebrew word.  It is a word for seperation and withdrawal.  It refers to the Israeli policy of seperating the Israeli population from the Palestinian population by means of a big wall.  We also have our walls.  If actions speak louder than words then our actions say we believe in Hafrada.  We believe in it every day.

Some of our walls are obvious.  We use them to keep people in their place.  Every black person in this country knows about hafrada.  Every poor person does too.  Some groups are perhaps slowly coming out from behind the walls.  For some the walls have been there so long that people cant even see them anymore. 

The mental health policy of this country was historically built on hafrada and in many ways it still remains.

The psychiatric hospitals of the past were tools of segregation.  People went there to live and…

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