Self Immolation 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
In both Israel and the West Bank on Tuesday, people reportedly suffering from
economic and emotional distress tried to set themselves on fire.
Saba, a man doused himself with flammable liquid and tried to set himself ablaze
at a local branch of the National Insurance Institute, before he was stopped by
a police officer on the scene.
According to Sharon subdistrict police,
the Rishon Lezion native was treated at the scene and has been referred to
social services for further treatment.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Palestinian
man in the Arab village of Dura near Hebron poured gasoline over his body and
threatened to set himself on fire at a local municipality building but was
stopped by security officers, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an
Dura Mayor Ziad Rajoub identified the man as Khaled Abu Rabia,
42, who is married to two women and has 10 children. He said that Abu Rabia, who
works for the PA police force, arrived in the morning at the municipality
carrying a bottle filled with petrol and announced that he was planning to set
himself on fire. Passersby and PA policemen who were summoned to the
municipality succeeded in preventing the self-immolation.
week, 18-yearold Ihab Abu Nada, from a Gaza City refugee camp, set himself
aflame, reportedly in protest of his family’s dire economic
The wave of such acts in Israel and the Palestinian areas
began on July 14, when social justice protester Moshe Silman set himself on fire
at a Tel Aviv protest.
Silman died a week later of his burns, and was
followed by a disabled IDF veteran who died after lighting himself on fire at a
gas station outside Yehud in late July.
Several incidents, some more
serious and – tragically – more successful than others, have since followed on a
weekly basis.Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.