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Died after self-immolation at Israeli embassy 

That US airman donates all assets for Palestinian children

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Published: 17:47, 29 February 2024   Update: 17:50, 29 February 2024
That US airman donates all assets for Palestinian children

The U.S. airman who died after setting himself on fire Sunday in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., wrote a will allocating money to go to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.

Aaron Bushnell, a 25-year-old member of the Air Force, specified in his will that he wanted his savings donated to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, a nonprofit that has been delivering lifesaving medical relief and humanitarian aid to Gaza. 

Bushnell set himself on fire while wearing his military uniform as a protest against U.S. support for Israel’s ongoing offensive in Gaza, which has so far killed more than 29,000 Palestinians, according to local health officials.

He live-streamed his self-immolation and could be heard in the video screaming “Free Palestine!” as the flames engulfed him.

“I am an active-duty member of the United States Air Force, and I will no longer be complicit in genocide,” Bushnell said in the video, moments before igniting the fire. 

He continued: “I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest. But compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all. This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal.”