Akiva Mafi'i
Reproduction photo: Benny Deutsch

Disabled veteran who set himself on fire dies

Akiva Mafi'i, 45, who self-immolated at a bus stop in Yahud some 10 days ago, succumbs to wounds

Akiva Mafi'i, 45, the disabled IDF veteran set himself on fire at a bus stop in Yehud some 10 days ago, has died of his wounds at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. He had suffered from burns over 70% of his body.


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An eye witness said that prior to self-immolating, Mafi'i shouted he was in debt. Later his brother Shlomo said that several days before the incident, Mafi'i has told his sister that he was going to follow Moshe Silman's example and set himself on fire.


Injured during his military service, Mafi'i underwent rehabilitation and later volunteered at the Border Guard. Some time later he suffered a stroke following an accident.


In the past few years he has been under the care of social services both through the National Insurance Institute and the IDF who recognized his disability.


A source familiar with the details of the case said that Mafi'I was assigned a social worker and also appointed a court guardian due to his financial problems.


"On the surface, it would appear this is a person who received the best of care by social services. He did not live on the street," the source said.




פרסום ראשון: 08.01.12, 08:19
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