A weapon developed by the Israelis to discourage protesting Palestinians will soon be used on protesters in the United States.
The chemical is called Skunk and it is described as a type of “malodorant” and a cross between “dead animal and human excrement.” The smell lasts for weeks.
Israel developed the weapon after criticism of its use of rubber-coated steel bullets. The chemical is more effective than tear gas at dissuading protesters, according to news reports.
A variant of Skunk is now being provided to police departments around the country by Mistral, a company in Bethesda, Maryland. The chemical has reportedly been sent to the Ferguson Police Department.
According to a write-up on the chemical on the Wikipedia website, Skunk “is an organic and non-toxic blend of baking powder, yeast, and other ingredients” that is “dispersed as a form of yellow mist, fired from a water cannon, which leaves a powerful odor similar to rot or sewage on whatever it touches.”
A BBC reporter described the chemical as follows:
“Imagine the worst, most foul thing you have ever smelled. An overpowering mix of rotting meat, old socks that haven’t been washed for weeks – topped off with the pungent waft of an open sewer. . .Imagine being covered in the stuff as it is liberally sprayed from a water cannon. Then imagine not being able to get rid of the stench for at least three days, no matter how often you try to scrub yourself clean.”
The use of a chemical in the United States used to disperse Palestinians in the West Bank reveals the desperation of the establishment as they attempt to put down demonstrations against police violence.
After police departments adopt the chemical, it will undoubtedly be the preferred weapon deployed against protesters exercising their constitutional right to protest the government.