The Israeli Army has started spraying sewage into the streets of Palestinian towns, an activist group has claimed.
The UK-based “Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association” (Cadfa), is comprised of British friends of the Palestinian town of Abu Dis, located in the Jerusalem Governorate of the Palestinian National Authority bordering Jerusalem. Since the 1995 Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Abu Dis has been part of “Area B”, under joint Israeli and Palestinian control.
According to the Cadfa Facebook page, on September 25, a “new weapon” has been “deployed by the Israeli army against the people in Abu Dis: they drove round the main streets and sprayed sewage water everywhere.
“Descriptions are of the really disgusting smell absolutely everywhere. It entered the houses and the kids’ rooms—and it didn’t clear like teargas apparently does,” the report continued.
“It hung around in the fabric inside houses and made everyone fear for their health: rumours of possible viruses are going around.
“The Israeli army have been using a lot of tear gas recently in Abu Dis. The children in the Abu Dis schools have lost many of the first school days in Abu Dis, as the army have been shooting tear gas into school playgrounds as well as around the nearby university.
“We know it is not the first time in Palestine—have heard of it in Nabi Saleh and Bil’in when there have been demonstrations, and then last Friday [20 September] in Aizariah next to Abu Dis. But this is the first time in our “twin” town, right in the middle of all the families, and it must not be allowed to become routine (anywhere)!”
A commentator on the Cafda Facebook page noted that “the the smell was penetrating inside the houses even though we were shutting the windows… and it’s not only sewage… they are spraying a mix of chemicals, sewage & gas! Breathing such poisons cause massive diseases . . . however, Israel is continuing its brutal crimes against humanity, as well as breaking all the international legal norms and human rights treaties. This MUST stop!”
* It is possible that the substance being sprayed is not sewage, but actually Methyl-1-butanethiol, known as “skunk,” because it was first found in the defensive secretion, or “spray,” of striped skunks. The chemical was recreated in a laboratory and is now commercially available.