Last week, the roof of Ma’alot Hatorah Yeshiva was full of clothing hung out there by the bochurim. “It’s horrific, inhuman, it’s not clear how it’s possible to use it against human beings,” says Shlomo Frankel, one of the demonstrators. “Police brutality has now been joined by this stuff, which makes it impossible to breathe – it simply doesn’t come off your clothes or your skin.”
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 demonstrators. Apart from the smell, the Skunk can also pose a physical danger. The Peleg protesters say the police make violent use of it, spraying the liquid directly on them from close quarters.
Yet, police procedures state explicitly, “In any event, it is not to be sprayed directly at demonstrators’ heads for fear of [causing] traumatic injury in sensitive areas as a result of the intensity of the water cannon.” The force of the stream allows it to reach individuals from a distance of dozens of meters.
Since these protests started, the IDF has launched 30 investigations against policemen for using inordinate violence; 14 officers have been questioned under caution. One indictment has been filed against a policewoman for using violence against a demonstrator, and an officer has faced a disciplinary hearing. Read more at Ha’Aretz.