Every Friday, the residents of the small village of Nabi Saleh, in the
West Bank Judea-Samaria, protest against Israeli rule. And every week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) try to force them to stay home.
Observers.france24 This video clip shows the clashes this creates, week after week. An American voice can be heard in the video.
The video below, filmed on Friday March 9, shows an IDF truck rolling through the village, spraying the dreaded skunk- a chemical sewage concoction that is designed make its targets smell awful for up to three days. It also shows Palestinian locals throwing rocks at the vehicle.
Later in the video, a border police guard tells a group of women and children to go indoors. They respond with jeers and shouts, but remain in their front yard. Moments later, the security forces throw tear gas and sound bombs toward the yard where the women and children had stood moments before.
FRANCE 24 asked the IDF for a response to the activities shown in the video, specifically the spraying of skunk onto houses and the use of tear gas on women and children. An official spokesperson responded with the following statement:
“The Israeli security forces are charged with dispersing illegal and violent demonstrations and with the preservation of the public peace in the Judea and Samaria region. Non-lethal crowd control means have been developed to contain these riots while minimizing the risks to the rioters. Last Friday, on March 9, 2012, the dispersal of a violent demonstration demanded the entrance of military vehicles into a residential area. Non-lethal riot control means were used against stone throwers, whose activity endangered the security forces.
IDF sics attack dog on Palestinian thowing rocks
Times of Israel (H/R Fred) An AP photographer witnessed the dog chasing down the Palestinian protester, grabbing him by the arm and dragging him to the ground. (Good doggie!)
A military official said soldiers released the dog after the protester hurled rocks at them. The man was treated on the scene by army medics, and arrested along with another protester. The official spoke anonymously according to army regulations.
In a separate incident Friday, an Israeli woman was protesting against Israeli policies alongside Palestinians in the West Bank when soldiers fired a rubber bullet which hit her head, Pollak said. She was evacuated to a Palestinian hospital where she was treated for light injuries. (Traitor)