Yechimovich: Suicide cannot be a symbol of social protest

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July 15, 2012 11:28

 
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Opposition Leader Shelly Yechimovich spoke out against the use of self-immolation as a symbol of social protest on Sunday, a day after activist Moshe Silman set himself on fire at a Tel Aviv rally. 

"We all pray for his peace, yet from alongside the sorrow and turmoil, we must remember that suicide is an extreme and awful act," Yechimovich said. "It cannot be used as an example or inspiration for youth or adults, and it certainly must not be seen as a symbol of the social protest."

Yechimovich added that the "cruel hardening of the conditions for obtaining public housing and the absence of a social safety net have brought many like Moshe Silman to despair."

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