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The article in Israel Hayom, next to Silman's original letter. Photo by Haaretz

Israeli daily Israel Hayom deleted two lines in its report of the suicide note left by Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire at the close of Saturday night's social justice protest in Tel Aviv. The lines edited out were a direct attack on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

The full note included the following sentences: "I accuse the state of Israel, Bibi (Benjamin ) Netanyahu and Steinitz the scumbags for the humiliation that weakened citizens go through every day, taking from the poor and giving to the rich, the civil servants."

Israel Hayom published the letter without the explicit mention of "Bibi Netanyahu and Steinitz the scumbags," but mentioned in the report that the letter included criticism of the two officials.

Israelis were quick to vent their anger on the web, with many pointing out the political affiliation of the newspaper, perceived as pro-Netanyahu. Israel Hayom editors refused comment.

This morning, during a meeting of Likud ministers, Netanyahu responded to the self-immolation, saying it was "a great personal tragedy. I wish Moshe a complete recovery. I asked the welfare and social services minister and the housing minister to look into the issue."

Silman is currently in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. He is suffering from second- and third-degree burns on 94 percent of his body, and is expected to be hospitalized for a long time.