Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Deadly Experiment – Israel's Murderous Testing Ground for 'Non-Lethal' Weapons

This article provides additional background information about CSI's tear gas canisters (used to kill Jawaher Abu Rahmah on January 1), but also includes photographic evidence of another tear gas provider to Israel: Defense Technology Corp., a US company that is owned by BAE Systems in the UK. Telling the story of Israel's violent repression of nonviolent Palestinian demonstrators, and telling it to U.S. policy-makers, continues to be high on the agenda of the US Campaign.
The Deadly Experiment – Israel's Murderous Testing Ground for 'Non-Lethal' Weapons
From Corporate Watch
January 3, 2011
On New Year's Eve 2010, whilst much of the world was celebrating, over a thousand people demonstrated in the Palestinian village of Bil'in against Israel's encroachment on the village's land, Israeli tear gas and rubber bullets rained down on the protesters and Jawaher Abu Rahma, who had joined the march to the apartheid wall and retreated to the sidelines after the first Israeli volleys of gas, choked to death as gas enveloped the village.
A report from Bil'in residents said that "Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas from the moment protestors entered their sight. It is obvious that for the army, the mere presence of unarmed demonstrators is reason enough to use chemical weapons against them."[2].