Protesting Social Injustice by Self-Immolation
Among developed nations, Israel is one of the most unjust.
by Stephen Lendman
Social justice in Israel is just a figure of speech. It's entirely lacking. Neoliberal harshness is policy.
Israel replicates the worst Western society policies. Little about it gets reported.
Last summer, unaffordable housing prices and other social injustice issues sparked weeks of nationwide protests. L ong-denied Israelis reacted. They're back. Promises made were broken.
Israelis want longstanding grievances resolved. Netanyahu turns a blind eye. July 14 marked the anniversary of summer 2011 rallies, demonstrations, and marches.
Thousands rallied in Tel Aviv. No one imagined what Moshe Silman planned. He self-immolated in protest.
"As thousands marched down" Tel Aviv's Kaplan Street, "Silman poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire." He was rushed to a hospital for treatment. He left a letter saying:
"The state of Israel stole from me and robbed me. It left me helpless."
"Two Housing and Construction Ministry committees rejected me, even though I had a stroke."
His monthly 2,300 NIS (New Israeli Shekel) allowance left him no money for rent or medications. It's $582.
"I can't even live month to month. I won't be homeless, and so I am protesting."
He blamed "the state of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, for the humiliation that the weakened citizens go through every day, taking from the poor and giving to the rich."