Israel is employing a new tactic in routing Palestinian protestors. IDF calls it the Skunk.
Week end comment
by Mike Adams
The Palestinians continue to work on propaganda antics: DF stripper assassins, super rats, aphrodisiac chewing gum, and now racist traffic lights.
“Skunk” is the IDF nickname for a white armoured truck with a canon that fires a foul-smelling liquid to disperse crowds of Palestinian rioters.
The Palestinians have, in the space of a few years, changed their anti-Israel sentiments from suicide bombings and armed attacks to civil disobedience and unruly stone-throwing competitions. Israel’s military is altering its tactics as well in the way it polices the Jewish heartlands of The Holy Land.
“This is a new trend, and we’re trying to address it in a new way,” says Lt. Col. Eliezer Toledano, operations officer for the Israeli army in Judea and Samaria. “We have to adjust ourselves to the reality today”.
He admits to the following: “If you take things from your military toolbox and use them for policing, you end up with a bad result”. Hence a whole new range of anti-demonstration devices especially designed to deal with Palestinian troublemakers.
The IDF have what is termed “sponge bullets”, which are sponge-covered plastic projectiles that sting but are less dangerous than rubber-coated bullets. Or there’s the Scream, which emits an ear-piercing shrill from a truck loudspeaker, and sound grenades, which create an oral blast but cause no damage.
Israelis credit these tools for the reduction in protest-related deaths in the course of the past year even though the number of demonstrations has increased. Soldiers of the IDF often have cameras and take photographs of the culprits attacking fellow soldiers or destroying property. All this is supplemented by warranted arrests of suspected insurrectionists.
Palestinian newspaper editors heading up hate publications have proven to be the protestors’ best friend. Arab-sponsored mainstream media outlets also play their part in spreading Palestinian-friendly propaganda.
In March the London-based magazine “The Economist”, partnering with Qatar-based TV-network Al Jazeera, made a remarkable discovery – traffic lights in Jerusalem that discriminate cars coming from Arab areas. The journalist’s underlying road rage was somehow transmuted to demonise the Jewish state.
As in other cities across the world, the key behind the timing of Jerusalem’s red and green lights lies in street size and traffic flow, affecting cars from both Arab and Jewish neighbourhoods equally. Al Jazeera adds insult to injury by insinuating that the municipality of Jerusalem has built a tramway that has robbed the Palestinians of two lanes of traffic, when in fact the tramway will be serving all the city’s residents with stations also in predominately Arab neighbourhoods.
Over the years, Palestinian propagators have been making similar fantastical claims. In July 2009 we had the aphrodisiac chewing gum and drops planted by “Zionist intelligence services”. Hamas duped the French wire service AFP into printing the story. They were merely regurgitating a tall story from July 1996, courtesy Washington Post, when it was Egypt that was excited after a parliamentarian referred to “15 cases in which women and girls had sexually assaulted men after chewing” suspicious gum. In July of the following year the Post wrote about Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority exposing an Israeli plot whereby sex gum was capable of “completely destroying the genetic system of young boys”.
Personally, I suspect that in the silly season journalists have to take what they can get. Sad, but true.
The Jewish Journal, courtesy Brad Greenberg, has referred to a couple cases of Palestinian propaganda pranks which are still worth citing. In July 2008 we saw two Palestinian Authority papers that reported that the Israelis engineer supernatural rats with supernatural powers and a supernatural hatred for non-Jews.
According to the PA papers, the Israeli-Jerusalem rat is: immune to rat poison; aggressive and larger than usual; unafraid of cats and able to scare them away; highly fertile – the female rat gives birth to 140 babies a year, four times the normal average; highly selective – Jewish residents of Jerusalem apparently are not affected by these rats.
The articles say that Israel’s goal is “to turn the residents’ life into a living hell, forcing them to leave”, but conveniently not mentioning how the rats are trained to differentiate between Jewish and Arab residents of Jerusalem. It makes you wonder what kind of laced coffee Mahmoud Abbas and his media acolytes must be influenced by to make this kind of stuff up.
A story just as spicy as your average Arab beverage appeared in November 2007 when the Palestinian Authority’s newspaper Al-Hayat carried a front page story about the latest in IDF tactics to demoralise the young male Palestinians: armed, female strippers. The newspaper reported that when the Arab stone-throwing begins, IDF soldiers run for cover. Then after a while, an Israeli woman stands up on top of a barricade and begins to perform an alluring strip tease. Innocent Arab teenage boys, distracted from the business of rioting, are enticed to approach. That’s when the nearly-nude female IDF soldier shoots them with a pistol she has hidden in her underwear.
Certainly, both Jews and Arabs are creative in their own right. The Jews have that profound instinct of self-preservation which makes divergent thinking a way of life. The Arabs, on the other hand, tend only to underpin the stereotype of the lying Arab.