Israeli Defence Forces have caused widespread environmental damage in various parts of the West Bank by firing skunk spray from water canons to prevent and disrupt peaceful demonstrations. Initially Jerusalem and Nabi Saleh were targeted most frequently. But now skunk-spray-attacks are commonplace throughout West Bank. Zionists call it "non-lethal" and "non-toxic" to justify its use. Compared to IDF's perpetual disproportionate use of force and gruesome methods of killings with sophisticated hi-tech military hardware, skunk mist is considered a harmless "scented spray" to control the crowd. But that stupid comparison set aside, this noxious spray is an agonizing scourge of a different type.
Skunk is a nocturnal North America mammal about the size of a cat or a small dog with black-and-white-striped fur. When threatened it squirts a spray of awful-smelling liquid from its anal glands, which is the animal's defensive weapon.
To get an idea of how bad the skunk spray smells, a BBC report in Wikipedia describes it as follows:- “Imagine the worst, most foul thing you have ever smelled. An overpowering mix of rotting meat, old socks that haven’t been washed for weeks – topped off with the pungent waft of an open sewer. . Imagine being covered in the stuff as it is liberally sprayed from a water cannon. Then imagine not being able to get rid of the stench for at least three days, no matter how often you try to scrub yourself clean.” A slight correction. The pungent stench doesn't hang around only for "three days." It lingers for at least six months, often for well over a year, diminishing very gradually.
IDF calls it "skunk" while Palestinians simply call it "shit." Israel claims the stuff is used only on unruly crowd. But residents and foreign activists in the region know that this is a grossly downplayed statement. Unruly or not, IDF has been spraying this fetid liquid on just about every demonstration. Quoting Wikipedia: "It is used even when crowds are quiet and there is no stone throwing, with Palestinians. ... It has not been used to disperse Israeli crowds in demonstrations." Not only on crowds, but the skunk repellent is sprayed just as often on Palestinian homes, entire neighborhoods, elementary schools, restaurants packed with people and on busy streets. Mondoweiss writes: ' "The skunk water targeted the A-Tur (Mount of Olives neighborhood) elementary school for boys, the elementary and high school for girls, a high school for boys and the ‘Basma’ elementary school for disabled children. All four schools are located on the neighborhood’s main street." As a result 4,500 children stayed home from school the following day.'
Here is a Wikipedia statement by a senior member of the Israeli police. The way he talks about this funky weapon will likely make you chuckle: "According to David Ben Harosh, head of technological development for the Israeli police, the recipe is based entirely on natural organic ingredients, including yeast and baking powder, does not include any harmful materials, and may even be ingested without causing harm." He outlines it as if it's some kind of healthful organic therapy. You can even ingest it and it's fine, huh? If it's that great then why isn't it used for dispersing crowds in North America? After all, skunk is a typically North America animal. It will be a lot easier and cheaper to manufacture skunk spray in U.S. and Canada than in Israel where it's an 'imported item.'
A civil rights group within Israel has admitted that the skunk spray isn't at all as benign as it's claimed. “Apart from the repulsive nausea-inducing stench, the skunk liquid can cause pain and redness if it comes into contact with eyes, irritation if it comes into contact with skin and if swallowed can cause abdominal pain requiring medical treatment,” - Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). The same civil rights group also mentions "evidence suggests that in some cases the skunk repellent was arbitrarily used with no apparent justification and in the absence of any public disturbances.”
To create some 'variety' in categories of destruction, Israel had been working since more than a decade to produce an odor-based weapon. From various propaganda outlets you often read about the "intellectual discoveries" of the small Jewish community. You can now add the skunk mist to that creative list of discoveries which was first used in 2004 in the Palestinian town of Bi'lin. As already stated, presently the use of this fecal substance as a weapon is common throughout occupied West Bank.
Tear gas, skunk water and "The Scream" are considered the three non-lethal weapons against unarmed Palestinian protesters. The Scream is a very high pitched sound device fixed on top of Israeli military vehicles. The sound coming from it targets the inner ear causing dizziness and nausea. If exposed at close range for over ten minutes, it could lead to impaired hearing. Protesters and journalists are often seen covering their ears and holding their head. Yet Israel calls it a "non-lethal" weapon.
The one interesting event in connection with the skunk spray was on August 2014 when an IDF skunk truck was heading toward a Palestinian neighborhood to spray homes with the wretched liquid. Quoting Electronic Intifada: "But then something extraordinary happens. The truck tumbles off the road down a vertical ravine to the cheers and delight of the people of the neighborhood and the children making the film."