Aaron Bushnell: Candlelight Vigil Planned Outside Israeli Embassy In Washington DC For US Airman Who Set Himself On Fire

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A candlelight vigil will be held for Aaron Bushnell on Monday.

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A candlelight vigil will be held for Aaron Bushnell, the US air force member who set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C.

ShutDownDC, a non-governmental and non-profit organisation will be organising the vigil on Monday, outside the embassy, where Bushnell lit himself on fire.

“Come together in mourning and outrage to honor him and the 30,000 Palestinian, Lebanese and Yemeni people murdered by US military with our tax dollars,” the invitation for the candlelight vigil read.

“Not just us, lots of groups and individuals will be there to mourn and honor Aaron Bushnell and continue to call for a #CeasefireNow,” the organisation’s post on X, formerly known as Twitter read.

Bushnell had been protesting against the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and was demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The region has been war-torn ever since the brutal October 7 Hamas attacks that killed over a 1000 people.

Bushnell had live streamed the entire incident on the social media platform Twitch. However, the video was quickly taken down.

He was taken to a local area hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries. His death was confirmed by the Pentagon.

In a statement, the air force said on Monday: “The individual involved in yesterday’s incident succumbed to his injuries and passed away last night.”

Bushnell’s self-immolation comes in the wake of hundreds of protests that have been taking place all over the United States ever since the Gaza conflict broke out.

Authored by Feba Bovas

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