Israeli forces sprayed skunk water on children, homes and streets in the Qitoun neighbourhood of Hebron on two school days in the first week of November. On one of those days, a Hebron settler arrived shortly before the event, prepared to film this foul smelling act of repression. See videos here and here, and photos here.
Odortec, the Israeli company that created skunk water, advertises that “the overpowering odour of the Skunk drives rioters away” and that it “can be sprayed over a large area using a standard water cannon.” Bizarrely, Odortec even claims that this vomit-inducing substance, which smells of a mixture of decomposing animal carcass and raw sewage, is “100% eco-friendly,” “organic,” and “perfectly safe to consume.”
Regardless of whether or not skunk water is indeed “perfectly safe to consume,” The Israeli military’s use of it implies that they view Palestinian schoolchildren as ‘rioters.’
This policy of ‘driving’ Palestinians schoolchildren away is also made clear in the Israeli military’s relentless use of teargas at school time, shown in these videos here and here, shot in the same week as the video links above.
The Israeli state stands by the ‘morality’ of skunk water, legitimising its use as ‘non-lethal crowd control,’ supposedly minimizing “the necessity for the use of live ammunition.”
However, when did it become ‘normal’ for soldiers to regard children heading to school school as a crowd for controlling? In what other context does a state that is purportedly democratic celebrate not using live ammunition on children walking to school?