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Burning indignation: Another wheelchair-bound Israeli veteran sets himself ablaze

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A disabled Israeli Defense Forces veteran has self-immolated, sustaining burns to 80 per cent of his body. The incident follows the death of IDF veteran Moshe Silman, who sparked a series of similar protests by setting himself ablaze last week.

­Around noon, people at a bus stop near the central city of Yehud saw a man in a wheel-chair take out a bottle and start soaking himself with its contents.

“I immediately understood that it was gasoline and not water,” Mahmoud Gdir, an eyewitness, told Agence France Presse. “I saw him holding a lighter and pleaded with him not to do it, but he did. I ran to my car to get a small fire extinguisher. It lasted about 2-10 seconds.”

The disabled man, aged 45, was later recognized as an IDF veteran. Sustaining massive burns, he was rushed to a hospital where he was induced into a coma and put on life support.

The Disabled IDF Veterans’ Association says financial woes compelled the veteran to take the desperate measure.

“The bodies that are supposed to support him, i.e. the Defense Ministry and National Insurance Institute have failed him,” the organization’s spokesman told Ynet News. “I’m afraid over 50,000 IDF veterans share his frustration

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