US Airman Aaron Bushnell Dies After Setting Himself on Fire Outside Israeli Embassy

A US airman died on Sunday (Feb. 25) after setting himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, while shouting “Free Palestine.”

After Secret Service agents extinguished the fire, 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell was hospitalized.

In an “extreme act of protest,” he declared before lighting himself on fire that he would “no longer be complicit in genocide.”

A spokesman confirmed that there were no injuries among the embassy staff.

The incident occurred at 13:00 local time (18:00 GMT), and a Pentagon spokeswoman described it as a “tragic event”.

Mr. Bushnell, who was wearing a military uniform, introduced himself and stated he was a serving member of the Air Force in a video that was streamed live on the Twitch streaming platform.

He’d emailed many reporters earlier, as well as anarchist and left-wing news websites. Among the organizations that received the email was the Atlanta Community Press Collective.

The email said, “Today, I am planning to engage in an extreme act of protest against the genocide of the Palestinian people,” with a warning that it would be “highly disturbing.”

Mr. Bushnell was brought in critical condition to the hospital.

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Fears about a suspicious car linked to the person prompted the dispatch of a bomb disposal crew to the scene. When no dangerous elements were discovered, this was deemed safe.

According to Washington police, the incident is being investigated by the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and other law enforcement agencies.

A local school authority released a statement stating that Mr. Bushnell of San Antonio, Texas, was reared in Massachusetts and went to public schools on the Cape Cod peninsula.

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Citing family notification regulations, the Air Force declined to disclose Mr. Bushnell’s military record. However, the military journal Stars and Stripes revealed that he had been a senior airman.

Mr. Bushnell claimed on his LinkedIn page that he was looking “to transition out of the US Air Force into software engineering” and that he had graduated “top of the class” from Air Force basic training in November 2020.

On October 7 of last year, militants from Hamas broke into southern Israel, killing over 1,200 people and kidnapping 253 more. This led to the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

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In response, Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza that has claimed 29,300 lives, according to the health ministry operated by Hamas.

The UN estimates that 1.9 million civilians, or 85% of Gaza’s population, have been forced to flee their homes as a result of Israel’s military operations as of mid-January.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the offensive in an interview with CBS News on Sunday, claiming that if America had been the target of an attack of that nature, it would be “doing a hell of a lot more” in response to condemnation from across the world.

Since the conflict’s escalation, there have been further instances of people setting themselves on fire in front of an Israeli diplomatic post in the US.

A demonstrator in the US state of Georgia self-immolated in front of the Israeli consulate in December.

Per authorities, a Palestinian flag found at the site was a component of the demonstration.

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