Israeli protests: Demonstator sets himself on fire

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Israeli protests: Demonstator sets himself on fire

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A rally to mark the anniversary of last year’s social protests in Israel turned dramatic when a man doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire.

The 52-year-old was rushed to hospital where he is in a serious condition, according to officials.

The man left a note at the site of the protest in Tel Aviv claiming that the state of Israel had robbed him and left him helpless after he suffered a stroke. He had apparently refused social housing.

An estimated two thousand people joined the protest, which is due to continue on Sunday. Israeli’s are angry about the high cost of living.

The government launched cheaper housing initiatives and plans for better education subsidies after last year’s protests drew hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

But a year on, many of them accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging his feet.