Second Israeli man sets himself ablaze in protest

Last Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 23:44

Jerusalem: Israeli police say a second Israeli man has set himself on fire after falling on hard times.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a man in his late 40s set himself ablaze today near a bus stop in central Israel. Onlookers tried to extinguish the flames. He was rushed to the hospital with severe burns.

The man`s brother told Israeli media he faced large debts and warned his family he would follow in the footsteps of Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire at a protest against Israel`s high cost of living last week. Silman later died of his wounds and was buried today.
Cases of self-immolation as a form of protest are extremely rare in Israel, but Rosenfeld said four Israelis have attempted or threatened it since Silman`s act.


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First Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 23:44

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