Skip to comments.Protester's Self-Immolation Sparks New Social Justice Rallies
Posted on 07/16/2012 2:42:59 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
About 2,000 people arrived on Sunday evening at the government complex in Tel Aviv to demonstrate against public housing conditions in Israel. During the protest, the demonstrators tried to block major traffic arteries.
At the same time, there were also demonstrations in Jerusalem, Haifa and Beer Sheva. Five protesters were arrested during the demonstration in Jerusalem after they tried to block a street.
The latest protests came following Saturday nights self-immolation of Moshe Silman, a social justice protester who set himself ablaze during a rally in Tel Aviv, blaming government officials for his troubles.
Prior to lighting the match, the Haifa resident handed out copies of a letter in which he called top government leaders villains and said he received no rent subsidy although he could not work after a recent stroke.
"I have no money for medicine or rent, the letter read. I served in the army and until the age of 46 I served in the reserves. I will not be homeless; that is why I am protesting against all the injustices done to me, and those like me, by the state.
Silman noted that he now receives NIS 2,300 in monthly disability benefits from which he pays for kupat holim (HMO) and buy medication and other necessities.
In the letter he named Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz specifically for his economic problems.
(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...
2,300 NIS a month in benefits? That's more than I pay in rent. Pity he didn't inspire more self-immolations. Seriously, these people are idiots.
sounds like he’s really burned up about it
Yeh he is a real hot head.
That's $577.31 in US dollars at today's exchange rate.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
It's sad, I mean the seriously. A little under $600 a month isn't a lot, 30% or so of the average working salary. Not worth burning yourself up over, even with healthcare. He should have found his was to the US, we pay the non productive better than that
At tomorrow’s exchange rate, too, 2,300 NIS is my rent in Kiryat Arba, and I’ve paid a good deal less in the past. If he couldn’t afford to rent in Haifa, which is horribly polluted anyway, he should have moved to Judah and Samaria. Social justice. Hah. Self-immolation rather than move to a new neighborhood.
That’ll show ‘em!
“Idit Lev of the Rabbis for Human Rights organization accompanied Silman over the past year. “
But couldn’t help him with tzedaka, medical assistance, work or shelter?
“RFHR” is a communist group of a dozen or so “rabbis” who should be tossed out of Israel and then off the planet.
I DEFECATE on RFHR.
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