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Skunk Water and Tear Gas

January 7, 2011 - 4:07 PM | by: Ibrahim Hazboun

It’s simply awful to go home after work with skunk smell. For that reason your Fox News Crew is worried each time we cover the weekly Palestinian protest against the Israeli separation barrier. We talk about it…plan for it…and even have special “skunk clothes.”

Israeli soldiers use water gun canon to spray what they call ‘skunk juice’ stuff that smells like raw sewage mixed with decomposing food. If the water gun hits you, the smell stays with you for several days.  Also, they fire tear gas which is debilitating.  Your eyes well shut. Your throat burns. Your skin feels like it’s on fire.

However, Palestinians said that using a big amount of tear gas can kill you. Today, we went to cover the week anniversary of a Palestinian protester who friends say was killed after inhaling large amounts of tear gas. About one thousand  Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists marched to the Israeli separation barrier in the West bank village of Billin and in a mater of minutes it turned violent with Israeli soldiers firing tear gas and Palestinian youth hurling stones back.

According to the protesters, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, a 34-year-old woman from Bil’in, died last week in a Ramallah hospital as result of poisoning caused by tear gas inhalation during the weekly protest against the separation barrier.

The Israeli military says the woman may not have been at the protest and certainly didn’t die from the gas but rather an unrelated illness. “She most probably died as a result of other complications, combined with problems in the medical care she received at the Palestinian hospital,” Israeli Brig. Gen.Nitzan Alon said to Israeli press. Jawaher was the sister of Basem Abu Rahmah, who was killed by a tear gas canister in April 2010, also at a protest in Bil’in.

In April 2004, Israel began construction of its separation barrier on the western side of the village. The existing route isolates about 500 acres or 49 per cent of Bil’in’s land from the rest of the village. Though, the Israeli High Court has ordered the military three-and-a-half years ago to re-route the barrier, the fence still stands on its original route. The army says that they are considering moving it this March.

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Israeli army firing Skunk water on Palestinian & Israeli protesters in the West Bank
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  • Israeli army firing Skunk water on Palestinian & Israeli protesters in the West Bank
  • Fox News crew covering the protest
  • Palestinian & Israeli protesters cross the separation barrier
  • Palestinian youth harling stones at Israeli soldier
  • Palestinian female protester
  • Israeli soldiers firing tear Gas on protesters
  • Israeli soldiers firing tear gas on protesters