News ID: 8791
Publish Date: 16 July 2012 - 09:43
An Israeli protester sets himself on fire during a demonstration in Tel Aviv, saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accountable for the poor condition of people.


The 57-year-old man identified as Moshe Silman poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire on Saturday. He was sent to Sheba Medical Center early on Sunday, Haaretz reported.

Son of a "Holocaust” survivor Silman is in critical condition due to 90 percent burns.

"The incident happened after he went broke and all his hopes were dashed. In 2000, he fell into debt for his insurance and that was the beginning of his economic troubles,” the report said.

In a letter left behind at the scene, he said "Israel stole from me and robbed me. It left me helpless." 

He also blamed Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz for the "humiliation” that "the weakened” Israelis went through every day, and accused the officials of "taking from the poor and giving to the rich."

"I can’t afford medication or rent. I paid millions in taxes, I served in the army and in the reserves until I was 46. I won’t be homeless and that is why I am protesting against all the wrongs Israel imposes on people like me,” he wrote.

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