Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Israel's Stench

When I think I have heard it all, then I read about Israel’s national stench policy. I am referring to Israel’s use since 2008 of “skunk juice” as a weapon to keep Palestinians under control.
Victims have no idea of its chemical make-up but if they are sprayed with it, it takes days of scrubbing to get rid of the stench. In a land where water is scarce, smelling like the sewer is a disheartening experience.

According to Ben Ehrenreich, Skunk trucks could show up at any time, especially during celebrations, such as weddings, birthday parties, funerals or times of worship. Someone yells “skunk,” and everyone runs.

There was that truck, the white one idling behind the jeeps, a clear liquid dripping from the cannon on its roof. The liquid it so violently emitted was called skunk water. No one knew what chemicals it contained or what effect exposure to it might bring, but everyone knew what it smelled like. It smelled like dead dogs in a dumpster in August. Mainly, it smelled like shit. And no matter how many times you scrubbed your hair and your clothes, the scent would linger for days, even weeks.[1]

Run home, lock your doors. You still can’t hide from it. Skunk trucks drive down neighborhoods and business districts spraying its putrid smell on everything within a hundred yards. Its odor may linger in clothing for five years.[2]

Skunk is powerful stuff. A reporter described its effect:

Imagine taking a chunk of rotting corpse from a stagnant sewer, placing it in a blender and spraying the filthy liquid in your face. Your gag reflex goes off the chart and you can’t escape, because the nauseating stench persist for days.[3]

Palestinians living under Israeli occupation do not have to imagine. They know:

The truck blasted Mohammad’s house next, the jet of fluid smashed the first-floor windows and knocked him from his feet. He had just come home, triumphant from his close escape. Shattered glass cut his face and chest. Skunk water saturated the carpets and couches.[4]

Forty percent of Palestinian males have spent time in Israeli jails. Said Tamimi was one of them. After serving twenty years, he came home to find his house saturated with skunk juice. Once this happens, carpets, upholstery and clothes never get rid of the stench and wind up being thrown away. Even at that, he was lucky. Others have been hospitalized, either from the effects of the skunk itself or having been injured in the stampede running away from it.

Israel needs a new flag, one to represent Israel today. It would be brown. The Star of David, the symbol of a proud and praiseworthy Jewish heritage is far, far above skunk juice.

Thomas Are
September 20, 2016

[1] Read Ben Enrenreich, The Way to the Spring, (Penguin Press, New York, 2016) p. 30. Even better; Google: Israeli Skunk Trucks and watch any of the numerous videos of Israel in action.
[2] Wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_(weapon)
[3] Wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_(weapon) Skunk has been condemned by Physicians for Human Rights, the International Network of Civil Liberties Organization, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, B’Selem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel..  
[4] Ben Enrenreich, The Way to the Spring, (Penguin Press, New York, 2016) p. 76.


  1. "The Star of David, the symbol of a proud and praiseworthy Jewish heritage is far, far above skunk juice."
    Yes, indeed. How low did they stoop from the proud and praiseworthy times at the beginning, when instead of 'skunking' they were cleaning hundred of villages. To the ground. Oh, yes, and Deir Yassin...

  2. Thank you, Liberation Theologian Thomas Are and ariadnatheo. A la Moses' "What shall I do with these people?", these people are sick, sick, sick, and the Palestinians are condemned to view (smell the stench of) and experience the Zionists' vindictive criminality 24-7-endless decades. These people need to be exposed fully, indicted, tried, subjected to a verdict, punished, and treated professionally for their severe psychosis. The Palestinians would appreciate it.

  3. Praiseworthy? Only God Almighty is worthy of praise. A six sided star merits no praise.

    The Christian and Muslim Palestinian people have suffered gut wrenching injustice and violence for 70 years, and Jews who perpetrated those crimes and continue to do so deserve no praise, nor should they be proud.

  4. This is really news to me. If skunk has any deleterious chemical effects on the physique and health of persons too? It seems like a crime against humanity!? No researcher found out what skunk is and how effectively to get rid of it? Your posts are relatively short but very nice and meaningful and generally factual. I congratulate. But can you also provide a share option to face book or twitter so that we can disseminate your views more easily and to more people?