Protester with Palestinian flag self-immolates outside Israeli consulate in Atlanta

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

A protester with a Palestinian flag set herself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, local police say.

The protester is in critical condition after a security guard at the scene intervened. The guard was also burned in the process, and his condition is not immediately known, police say.

“We believe that was an act of extreme political protest,” Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum says during a press conference.

The protester arrived at the building that houses the Israeli consulate and several other businesses and used gasoline to self-immolate, Schierbaum says.

“We believe this building remains safe, and we do not see any threat here,” he adds.

The FBI’s Atlanta office says it was coordinating with local law enforcement on the matter.

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