Israeli police target ultra-Orthodox protesters with weapon developed against Palestinians, and it stinks | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Israeli police target ultra-Orthodox protesters with weapon developed against Palestinians, and it stinks

Last week, the roof of Ma’alot Hatorah Yeshiva, which is associated with the so-called Jerusalem Faction – a radical Ashkenazi Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, group in Jerusalem – was full of clothing hung out there by the students. “The place smells like a carcass, you can’t go near it,” one of the students says, adding that he is still recovering from the aftermath of a demonstration against the draft of Haredim in central Jerusalem.

The stench was caused by a weapon called the “Skunk,” a liquid compound that has become one of the main means used in recent weeks by the police against the religious demonstrators, who are protesting the detention of draft-dodging members of their community. The smell of the spray can stick to the body for days.

For the police, the rotten-smelling spray has no few advantages. It usually renders unnecessary the use of harsher crowd-dispersal means, which can cause more serious injuries and also pose a danger to the forces on the scene. The Skunk does its work far from the police officers, and its major environmental damage lies in its smell. In addition, the IDF’s long-term operational experience with the Skunk in the territories led to the conclusion that its use shortens the duration of demonstrations significantly.

Still, the Skunk is liable to cause physical harm, such as intense nausea, vomiting and skin rashes, in addition to any injury resulting from the powerful force of the spray. Examinations by police and army medical teams in the past also indicated that the excessive coughing caused by exposure can result in suffocation. Accordingly, those who are on the dispensing side of the Skunk are required to wear a mouth-and-nose mask with a filter.

Police began using the weapon to quell violent demonstrations in East Jerusalem in 2016. Local residents alleged that the policemen were deliberately spraying the substance toward schools and houses, and that the rotten smell could linger for more than a week. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, having received reports about allergic reactions to the substance and about a pregnant woman who was hospitalized after exposure, requested that the attorney general order the police to desist from using the Skunk. As of this writing no such order has been issued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this chemical has been signed off on by the Israeli government for use against their own, God only knows what horrors await Palestinian protestors angry with President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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