Elderly Rosh Ayin woman sets herself on fire

Following a dispute with her husband, 80-year old self-immolates, rushed to hospital in moderate to serious condition.

August 9, 2012 04:16
Magen David Adom ambulances.

Magen David Adom ambulances 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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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.

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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.

Last 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 situation.

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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