One rally organizer said she tried to help Silman. She asked for his forgiveness for not being able to do more. "He deserved more than the country" gave him, she added.
On July 19, Dina Kraft's Haaretz article headlined "A man has set himself on fire!" saying:
"Israel's social protest movement has renewed the unity of purpose and collective ethos that has largely disappeared from the country -- and Moshe Silman's tragic act of self-immolation, that I witnessed, may re-charge it even more."
Whether she's right remains to be seen. Protest movements lose energy. The fullness of time alone will tell if this one has legs.
Perhaps Silman lit a fuse to set Israel ablaze. It sure as hell needs it. So does America and most European countries.
Much depends on committed leaders able to sustain struggle for change. It seldom happens and never easily or quickly. Either people take it upon themselves to fight for their rights, or they'll end up with fewer than now en route to losing everything.
Western societies and Israel are corrupt, decaying, and concerned only about wealth, power and privilege. Middle income households are disappearing. So are high-paying full-time jobs, social benefits, and the ability to survive in dignity.
Government resources go for militarism, imperial wars, banker bailouts, other corporate handouts, and tax cuts for super-rich elites.
Unless people fight back they're lost. Powerful insiders plan transforming Western nations and Israel into a lower level of hell Dante forgot. It's a corporatist's dream.
Taking from the poor and most others for the rich and well-connected is policy. So is replacing high-pay/good benefit jobs with sub-minimal neoserfdom subsistence.
Eroding democratic values are on the chopping block for elimination. Privatizing everything is planned. Criminals in high places run everything. Police state justice is policy.
Exploitation is legislated. People are used like production inputs. When no longer needed, they're discarded like yesterday's garbage.
At issue is eat or be eaten. Either slay this beast or be consumed by it. There's no in-between.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed .
His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"