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Hebron man attempts to set himself on fire
Published Tuesday 04/09/2012 (updated) 05/09/2012 16:33
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Mother (L) of Ehab Abu Nada, 18, holds a photograph of her son as
she reads the Quran at her house in Gaza City September 3, 2012.
(Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A man tried to set fire to himself in Hebron on Tuesday, Ma'an's correspondent said.

Khaled Abu Rabee, 42, doused himself in gasoline after entering the municipality building in Dura, Hebron, but a security guard prevented him from setting the petrol alight.

Police arrived at the scene and are investigating the incident.

Abu Rabee, from al-Fawwar refugee camp, was reportedly struggling to make enough money to support two wives and feed his children.

Previously a member of the Palestinian Authority police force, Abu Rabee spent three years in Israeli jails and had worked as a taxi driver and other odd jobs to provide for his ten children, Ma'an's reporter said.

His most recent job was selling coffee at the entrance to al-Fawwar camp.

The incident comes after a teenager from Gaza died a day earlier from wounds sustained when he set himself on fire three days ago.

Ehab Abu Nada, 18, poured petrol on himself before setting himself alight near the Shifa hospital on Thursday, locals said.

His neighbors suggested he might have chosen to immolate himself at the hospital because he had wanted to make a gesture rather than kill himself, but medics there could not save him.

Locals said Nada had a heated argument before the incident with his father, who denied the reports.

"He left to seek work and he did not come back. My heart was shattered," his weeping father told a local radio station.

"We live in a miserable condition. We live in a rented house and I hardly can afford the rent," he added.

A police official from Hamas, which rules Gaza, said an investigation was under way into Abu Nada's death, citing unemployment as his possible motive.
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1 ) Jonno / Uganda
04/09/2012 12:27
''an investigation was under way into Abu Nada's death, citing unemployment as his possible motive.'' Israel is crying out for an extentsive labor force, the deceased, a man with 10 children should be at work in Israel, providing for his family.

2 ) John / Palestine
04/09/2012 16:04
#1- It's not that simple, there was a time when Palestinians used to work in Israel following a long trip of utter humiliation. Eventually, it became clear that working in Israel does not change much. It is finding employment that is needed, but an employment establishment that is independent and well insulated from the external factors of occupation. The blockade, the dire economic situation, the restrictions on movement of Palestinian goods and services are all obstacles.

3 ) Charlie / USA
04/09/2012 16:57
While Israel is Main obstacle, Palestinians must turn all their focus, energy, and rage, against the Palestinian Collaborationist Authority. No matter what actions we take towards Israel, as long as the collaborators remain are efforts are futile. There must be a movement inside the west bank to motivate people who work for the PA to stop accepting their pay checks to get the PA to collapse or hold new elections. If that doesn't work an all out strike must commence.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/09/2012 19:25
It'd be more to the point if he set a settler on fire. This is like going into the Judenrat in the Warsaw Ghetto and setting yourself on fire.

5 ) Amira / Canada
04/09/2012 19:43
Comments 3) makes lots of sense.

6 ) Rodah / UK
04/09/2012 19:46
I agree with #1 - We have to be realistic - we must go where work is given to us and Israel is offering it to us, and some times with descent salaries - why not take advantage. I don't think Hams can do better - sorry but the truth is the truth.
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