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Gaza Rockets Kill Three Israelis, Violence Escalates

BBC NEWS (UK), JERUSALEM POST, HAARETZ (Israel), REUTERS

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JERUSALEM - Three people were killed on Thursday when rockets fired from Gaza struck the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi, a day after Israel's targetted killing of the military chief of Hamas.

Tel Aviv daily Haaretz reports that rockets fired into Israel by militants in Gaza hit a four-story building in the town. The three people killed were the first Israeli fatalities since Israel killed Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari on Wednesday, the military chief of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, BBC News reports.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country's military was prepared to extend its operation against Hamas into Gaza, which could lead to a significant escalation of violence in the south of the country as air strikes and rocket fire multiply between Israel and the Palestinian enclave.

In total, some 132 rockets have been fired from Gaza into the South in the 24 hours after the Israel Defense Forces launched a campaign to root out the terror infrastructure in the coastal territory, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr condemned the series of Israeli strikes, and called for an immediate halt to the attacks, as he considered the "Israeli escalation to be very dangerous," Reuters reports.

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Kleptomania, How A "Women's Pathology" Was Built On Gender And Class Bias

Between 1880 and 1930, there was a significant rise in thefts in department stores, mostly committed by women from the middle and upper classes. This situation brought with it the establishment of a new pathology: kleptomania. A century later, feminist historians have given new meaning to the practice as a protest against the social structures and oppressions of capitalism and patriarchy.

Photo of a hand in a pocket

A hand in a pocket

Julia Amigo

Kleptomania is defined as the malicious and curious propensity for theft. The legal language tends to specify that the stolen objects are not items of necessity; medically, it is explained as an uncontrollable impulse.

What seems clear is that kleptomania is a highly enigmatic condition and one of the few mental disorders that comes from the pathologization of a crime, which makes it possible to use it as a legal defense. It differs from the sporadic theft of clothing, accessories, or makeup (shoplifting) as the kleptomaniac's impulse is irresistible.

Studies have shown that less than one percent of the population suffers from kleptomania, being much more common among women (although determining exact numbers is very difficult).

The psychiatric disorders manual, DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has included kleptomania since 1962. Previously, it had already received attention from, among others, Sigmund Freud. Like nymphomania or hysteria, kleptomania became an almost exclusively female diagnosis linked to the biology of women's bodies and an “inability” to resist uncontrollable desire.

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