ARAB AND WORLD

Mon 26 Feb 2024 10:24 am - Jerusalem Time

An American pilot sets himself on fire: “I will not participate in genocide... Palestine is free.”

A member of the US military set himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington in an apparent act of protest against the war in Gaza, authorities said.


The man was transported to a hospital in the area after members of the US Secret Service were able to put out the fire. A Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said the man was in critical condition. An Air Force spokesman confirmed that the incident involved an active-duty pilot.


“I will no longer be complicit in genocide,” the man wearing military uniform said in a video broadcast live over the Internet, according to the New York Times.


The newspaper reported that he then poured a clear liquid on himself and set his body on fire while shouting, “Free Palestine.”


Local police and the Secret Service are investigating the incident.


The Israeli embassy has been the target of ongoing protests against the war in Gaza.


The war in Gaza led to the outbreak of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel protests in the United States.


The protests began after October 7, when the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which rules the Gaza Strip, carried out the Al-Aqsa Flood operation.

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An American pilot sets himself on fire: “I will not participate in genocide... Palestine is free.”