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Government debt collector reports sharp rise in suicide threats amid pandemic

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There has been a marked rise in the number of Israelis threatening to commit suicide due to economic hardship since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a Justice Ministry official in charge of debt collection said Tuesday.

While there has been an increase in the number of suicide threats in recent years, the 168 recorded up to October among debtors has passed the totals for all of 2018 and 2019, Tomer Moskowitz told the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee.

Moskowitz, who heads the Law Enforcement and Collection System Authority, said he has requested that all employees be given training to identify possible suicidal tendencies when dealing with debtors.

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