Israeli Man Sets Himself on Fire at Psychiatric Hospital

48-year-old patient suffers burns over 60% of his body, his reasons for self-immolation have yet to be determined.

A 48-year-old patient the Lev Psychiatric Hospital in Pardesiya set himself on fire on Saturday morning. The man, a patient in a closed ward, set himself on fire in front of the hospitals nurses station. He was transferred to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, having suffered burns over 60 percent of his body.

In recent days, two others have self immolated as an act of protest against their economic situation, and difficulties in dealing with various government authorities. The patients reasons for setting himself on fire have yet to be determined.

Last Sunday, Akiva Mafa'i, a 45-year-old disabled Israel Defense Forces veteran, set himself on fire near a bus station on Route 461, close to Yehuds industrial area. The man purchased a container of gasoline from a nearby gas station, poured it on himself, and set himself on fire. Passersby put out the flames with bottles of water and a fire extinguisher. MafaI was evacuated to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer by Magen David Adom Personel.

A few days prior, 57-year-old Moshe Silman set himself on fire during a social justice protest in Tel Aviv, and succumbed to his wounds roughly a week later at Sheba Medical Center. Silman was suffering from second and third-degree burns on 94 percent of his body.

Silman left behind a letter, in which he said, "The state of Israel stole from me and robbed me. It left me helpless."

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Magen David Adom ambulance (illustrative).
Yaron Kaminsky