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Friday, February 16, 2024

Anti-War Protester Sets Himself on Fire at Israeli Consulate in Atlanta

Israeli Consulate officials express deep sorrow over the incident, condemning the self-immolation as a tragic manifestation of hate and incitement toward Israel.

A protester set himself on fire outside the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta, using petrol and prompting critical injuries to both the demonstrator and a security guard. The act, described as an “extreme political protest,” occurred at 1100 Spring Street NW, causing alarm and raising questions about the motivations behind this drastic expression of dissent.

The incident, which transpired at 12:17 local time, has left the gender and age of the protester undisclosed. Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum assured the public that there is no immediate threat to the building’s safety.

Israeli Consulate officials expressed deep sorrow over the incident, condemning the self-immolation as a tragic manifestation of hate and incitement toward Israel. Consul General Anat Sultan-Dadon extended prayers for the injured security officer, highlighting the dedication of law enforcement and first responders in maintaining safety during these distressing circumstances.

Authorities revealed that the protester, carrying a Palestinian flag, was, like many other people around the world, protesting against Israeli brutality. It is pertinent to mention that Israel has continued to carpet bomb Gaza since October 7. Thousands of people, including children, have been killed, while many have been left shelterless without basic necessities of life.

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Israel has also targeted several media personnel and employees of international organizations. Hospitals across Gaza have been paralyzed by constant bombardments, and the health system has collapsed. Protesters worldwide are demanding Israel to cease its occupation of Palestine and put an end to the Palestinian genocide.

The Western media’s portrayal of the incidents has led to a surge in hate crimes against Palestinians and Muslims. Several people, including a little boy who was killed by his mother’s landlord for being Palestinian, have been attacked by white supremacists.

Against this backdrop, the protester setting himself on fire demonstrates the urgency of the situation and the desperation of those who are conveniently ignored by the world.