In wake of self-immolation, Hundreds of Israelis protest state's social policy
About a hundred protesters clashed with police near the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem on Sunday, in a rally summoned following the self-immolation of a Haifa resident during a protest marking one year since the onset of social unrest in Israel. On Saturday, Moshe Silman a 57-year-old Haifa resident, set himself on fire during a Tel Aviv demonstration, and was rushed to the city's Ichilov Hospital in critical condition. "The state of Israel stole from me and robbed me. It left me helpless," wrote Silman in a letter he left at the scene. "Two Housing and Construction Ministry committees rejected me, even though I had a stroke," wrote Silman in the letter, adding that the facts could be checked with a public housing company in Haifa. On Sunday, protesters descended on Jerusalem's Gaza Street, not far from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence. The protest, which joins similar ones in Haifa and Tel Aviv and held under the title "We're all Moshe Silman -- The Blood is on The Government's Hands," started off in the capitol's Independence Park and ended near the Prime Minister's Residence. Along the way, protesters blocked some of the nearby roads, chanting slogans against the government and for public housing, and lifting signs reading "The Poor Won't Have Anything to Eat, and They'll Eat the Rich," and "Desperation Burns -- Who's Next?" In Tel Aviv, about 200 social protesters are rallying near government buildings in the city, holding signs displaying a blow <b>...</b>
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