Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Editorial Note: The
following news reports are summaries from original sources. They may
also include corrections of Arabic names and political terminology.
Comments are in parentheses.
20-Year Old Palestinian, Ihab Abu
Nada, Sets Self on Fire, Protesting Poverty Imposed by Israeli Siege
|Besieged Palestinians at the Gaza-Egypt
Palestinian Man Self-Immolates to Protest Poverty and
Unemployment in Gaza
Tuesday September 04, 2012 09:44 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
A 20-year old Gazan man killed himself in a public act of protest
Sunday, September 3, 2012, dousing himself with gasoline and setting
himself on fire.
The family of Ihab Abu Nada said that he was
frustrated at being unable to find a job, and decided to take his life
to protest the conditions in Gaza, where he and other young people feel
that they have no future.
Ihab's father told reporters that the
young man had left home that morning after telling his mother that he
was going to find work. But he had been frustrated on many previous
unsuccessful attempts to find a job, and apparently was pushed over the
edge on Sunday and decided to commit a public act of suicide.
This marks the first such self immolation protest in Gaza, although
local human rights groups say that dozens of Palestinian residents of
Gaza have been pushed to commit suicide due to the dire economic
In other Arab countries, self-immolations have sparked
mass protests, beginning in Tunisia in December 2010, when young street
vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire after the government
destroyed his vegetable stall, his only source of livelihood.
Although an Israeli-imposed siege was partially eased in 2010, hundreds
of materials and products are still banned, and exports from the Gaza
Strip are severely restricted by the Israeli occupation authorities. The
siege has destroyed Gazan industry and export agriculture, and hundreds
of thousands of Palestinians who once worked inside Israel were forced
into long-term unemployment.
The Abu Nada family lives in a
refugee camp near the Gaza beach, and Ihab's father told a radio station
in Gaza, sobbing, that his heart was broken because of his son's
suicide. He said that the family was suffering, like so many other
families in Gaza, in severe poverty. He added that after paying bills,
the family had just fifty dollars a month to spend on food and
Rami Saleh, 23, told a CBC reporter, "[w]hen a young
man burns himself because of his suffering and poverty … it means we
have ticking bombs needing to be defused”.
A recent report by the
United Nations stated that, if present conditions are allowed to
continue without a lifting of the naval, air and land blockade, Gaza
will be unlivable by the year 2020.
This site contains copyrighted material the
use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright
owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance
understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic,
democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this
constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for
in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.
Section 107, the material on this site is
distributed without profit to those
who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information
for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of
your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the