The army spraying the Skunk liquid into homes in Nabi Saleh, West Bank | 20 April 2012 | Photographed by ActiveStills

A privately owned Israeli company, which specializes in the research and development of “non-lethal” scent-based repellents for law enforcement. The company was founded by the management team of Flybuster – a scent-based pest control company. 

Odortec in collaboration with the Technological Development Department of the Israel Police developed "the Skunk". The Skunk is classified as a scent-based non-lethal weapon. It was designed to be sprayed from a distance in order to disperse crowds. The Skunk mist, which is fired from a water cannon, is usually yellow and leaves a stench of sewage in the mouths, hair and clothes of the sprayed people – a stench very difficult to remove. The Skunk’s safety data sheet indicates that the liquid can cause skin irritation, eye pain or redness and abdominal pain. According to the data sheet, inhalation of the liquid may cause breathing difficulties. 

The Skunk was used for the first time in the West Bank by the Israel Border Police in 2008. The Israeli army started using this device in 2009 in demonstrations in the West Bank, particularly in the villages of Bil'in, Ni'lin, Kafr Qaddum and Nabi Saleh.

More information about the Skunk and other crowd control weapons can be found in Who Profits' report: Proven Effective: Crowd Control Weapons in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.