Pro-Palestine protester draped in Palestine flag sets herself ablaze outside Israel consulate in UStext_fields
A pro-Palestine protester carried out an extreme act of political protest outside the Israeli consulate in downtown Atlanta on Friday. The woman, wielding a Palestinian flag, arrived at the consulate around noon and set herself ablaze.
Despite efforts by a security guard to intervene, the woman continued her self-immolation protest. First responders arrived at the scene, extinguishing the flames and rushing her to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition, suffering from severe burns. The security guard also sustained injuries during the incident.
Authorities, including Police Chief Darin Schierbaum, have categorically stated that this was not an act of terrorism. Instead, they believe it was a poignant and extreme form of protest against the renewed hostilities between Hamas and Israel, which reignited after a week-long ceasefire.
Anat Sultan-Dadon, the consul general of Israel to the south-eastern U.S., expressed sadness and criticized the protester's actions.
In a statement, he said, "It is tragic to see the hate and incitement toward Israel expressed in such a horrific way. The sanctity of life is our highest value. Our prayers are with the security officer who was injured while trying to prevent this tragic act."