U.S. Air Force Officer Engages in Extreme Protest, Sets Himself on Fire Outside Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC

U.S. Air Force Officer Engages in Extreme Protest, Sets Himself on Fire Outside Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC

In a shocking turn of events, a serving U.S. Air Force officer is currently in critical condition after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.

The incident, which unfolded on a Saturday afternoon, took a harrowing turn as the officer, dressed in combat fatigues, livestreamed the act on the social media platform Twitch.

The man’s declaration, ‘I will no longer be complicit in genocide,’ echoed as flames engulfed his body, sending shockwaves through viewers.

The Livestreamed Protest:

The disturbing video showcased the officer’s desperate act of protest, where he explicitly stated his refusal to be complicit in what he perceived as genocide.

The chilling moment, marked by the spreading flames, was accompanied by passionate cries of ‘Free Palestine!’

The incident unfolded outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, prompting authorities to respond to the scene around 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Emergency Response and Critical Condition:

Upon arrival, the Metropolitan Police Department discovered the man with severe burn injuries. DC Fire and EMS swiftly transported him to the hospital in critical condition, facing life-threatening injuries.

The gravity of the situation prompted a response from various agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit.

Identity Confirmation and Official Statements:

While the identity of the airman involved has not been officially confirmed, a spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force verified that the individual is an active-duty airman.

The Secret Service, Uniformed Division, addressed the incident as a possible medical/mental health emergency.

The Israeli Embassy released a statement expressing awareness of the incident, reassuring the safety of embassy staff and confirming that no injuries were sustained among its personnel.

Ongoing Investigation and Previous Incidents:

As the investigation unfolds, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit was called to the scene to inspect a suspicious vehicle potentially linked to the individual.

This distressing incident follows a similar occurrence in December when a pro-Palestine protestor set themselves ablaze outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Police Chief described the act as an ‘extreme act of political protest,’ highlighting the recovery of a Palestinian flag at the scene and the injuries sustained by two individuals, including a security guard who intervened.

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