Moshe Silman vs. the State of Israel
The desperate act of a man who went from businessman to homeless and jobless within 10 years epitomizes collapse of the welfare system
Moshe Silman, 57, the son of Holocaust survivors, did not have an easy start. He lives alone, and according to friends tried to get ahead in life and live in dignity. But a small debt to the National Insurance Institute grew and sent him into an economic and bureaucratic tailspin that ended in self-immolation Saturday night on Tel Aviv’s Kaplan Street in front of the cameras.