US Air Force member dies after setting himself on fire while crying out “free Palestine”

A US Air Force member, Aaron Bushnell, has died from his injuries after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy while shouting “free Palestine.”

Here’s more from the New York Post:

US Air Force member Aaron Bushnell has died from his injuries after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, an official confirmed on Monday.

A US Air Force spokesperson confirmed to The Post that 25-year-old Bushnell died overnight to The Post, though she did not officially name him citing the ongoing notification of next of kin.

Officials were still contacting family members Monday and will not officially announce his death until 24 hours after that is complete, the Air Force representative said.

A harrowing video livestreamed on Twitch on Sunday afternoon appeared to show the serviceman dressed in uniform standing in front of the embassy and identifying himself as a member of the US Air Force.

“I will no longer be complicit in genocide [in Gaza]. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest,” Bushnell reportedly said, before setting himself ablaze and repeatedly crying out “Free Palestine.”

Just hours before his deadly act of self-immolation, Bushnell posted a final message on Facebook.

“Many of us like to ask ourselves, ‘What would I do if I was alive during slavery? Or the Jim Crow South? Or apartheid? What would I do if my country was committing genocide?’ The answer is, you’re doing it. Right now,” he wrote.

The message included a link to the Twitch livestream, which was later removed for violating the platform’s community guidelines.

In the now-deleted video, Bushnell was sprayed with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived on the scene to take him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries around 1 p.m. He was initially listed in critical condition.

Antisemitism has run rampant in this country since October 7th and this is another case of it – a very sad case to be sure. How someone could hate Israel so much that they feel this strongly that Israel doesn’t have a right to defend themselves after what happened in October – well it boggles my mind.

Below is a photo of Aaron Bushnell, who killed himself:


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