Magen David Adom ambulances 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
An 80-year-old Rosh Ayin woman set herself on fire on Wednesday afternoon, and
was rushed to Tel Hashomer’s Sheba Medical Center in moderate to serious
condition, suffering from third-degree burns.
Police say the woman’s act
came in the wake of a household dispute with her husband, and is not believed to
be an act of protest related to social issues.
The woman joins a total of
10 Israelis who have set themselves on fire since Haifa resident Moshe Silman
set himself ablaze at a social justice protest on July 14 in Tel Aviv. Silman,
who succumbed to his wounds a week later, said the act was meant as a protest
against the Netanyahu-led government and state bureaucrats, who he accused of
robbing him and leaving him facing the possibility of homelessness.
Tuesday, disabled IDF veteran Akiva Mapiai, 45, died a week and a half after he
set himself on fire at a gas station outside Yehud to protest his economic
Mapiai’s family said he was in heavy debt and wanted to follow
in the footsteps of Silman.
Following Silman’s act, Netanyahu lamented
the Haifa resident’s “great personal tragedy.”
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