Solidarity protests for Moshe Silman begin nationwide

July 21, 2012 21:35

Solidarity protests were held throughout the country Saturday night in solidarity with the late Moshe Silman who set himself on fire last week during a social justice protest.

Silman succumbed to his wounds on Friday at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer where doctors were treating him for burns over the majority of his body.

In Tel Aviv, several hundred demonstrators gathered on Shaul Hamelech street in order to march to the spot where Silman set himself alight on Kaplan street, and later to the National Insurance Institute (NII). Similar demonstrations were held in Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba.

According to friends and relatives, Silman's unlucky spiral was sparked by one small debt to the National Insurance Institute (NII). As that debt grew, he lost his business, his property, his home, and eventually suffered a debilitating stroke that left him 100 percent disabled. Despite receiving a meager disability check from the NII, he was barely able to purchase essential medicines let alone pay rent on an apartment.

Ruth Eglash contributed to this report

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