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Skip to comments.Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Israeli Embassy
Posted on 07/22/2014 5:14:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin on Monday night. Police said it was too soon to say whether it was part of a political protest.
Amid tensions in Berlin over pro-Gaza protests and a rise in anti-Semitism, the 46-year-old doused himself in a flammable liquid and then set himself alight with a cigarette lighter at 11.45pm on Monday.
Police said the man, who is of Arab descent, only suffered minor injuries outside the Israeli embassy in south-west Berlin.
A police spokesman told The Local his feet and legs were burnt and he was now in hospital.
His trousers caught fire immediately, the Berliner Morgenpost reported, but the flames were quickly put out by security staff outside the embassy.
"We can't rule out he had a political motive, but it is too early to say at the moment," the spokeswoman said.
Protests against Israel's invasion of Gaza are in the spotlight in Germany at the moment following anti-Semitic chants at pro-Palestine rallies and the riots in neighbouring France.
On Monday, in an article in the Berliner Zeitung, Israels ambassador to Germany Yakov Hadas-Handelsman compared chants at pro-Palestine demonstrations to the behaviour of the Nazis.
He wrote: "Where are we? Where are we hearing these slogans? In Nazi Germany in 1934?"
He said Islamists, neo-Nazis and the far-left were all targeting Jewish people in the country.
Each group has their own agenda but they have a common denominator - hatred of the Jewish people and of the state of Israel," he wrote.
On Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France's Laurent Fabius and Italy's Federica Mogherini issued a joint statement in Brussels against anti-Semitism.
"Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no place in our societies," they said.
"We strongly condemn the hateful Anti-Semitic comments, demonstrations and assaults over the past days."
lets make a barbecue
I’ve got the Hershey bars and graham crackers to go with your marshmallows.
Please burn your trash responsibly and scoop the ashes in the container provided.
Global warming. BTT
Why can’t there be more anti-Zionists with as much personal conviction as this one? He has my respect.
He is Muslim, right?
What difference does it make?
LOL! Oh man...
I can’t believe he ripped us off. He only set his pants on fire. I do that crap all of the time when I go camping. Geez. This article is a rip off. What’s up with the “minor injuries” crap?! And what’s an Arab doing wearing pants anyway?! Hrumpf! Hrumpf!
There are still some yet (after all these years) on Free Republic. May they succeed where he failed.
If any of you are reading this, don't set yourselves on fire where other people are just going to put you out.
Put out a sign: Free Matches.
Only 3 BILLION more to go!!
Yet another incompetent moozlum loser.
Burn, Baby! Burn!
Sing it, Boss....
Hey little girl is your daddy home
Did he go and leave you all alone
I got a bad desire
Oh-oh-oh, I’m on fire
Tell me now baby is he good to you
Can he do to you the things I don’t do
I can take you higher
Oh-oh-oh, I’m On Fire I’m on fire
Sometimes it’s like someone took a knife baby
Edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley
Through the middle of my soul
At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
And a freight train running through the
Middle of my head
Only you can cool my desire
Oh-oh-oh, I’m on fire
In Islam, suicide is considered an unforgivable sin. Strange that this does not stop suicide bombers, or would-be self-immolators like this chap.