IDF gearing up for ‘Nakba Day’ violence (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 05/14/12)
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Amid concerns that violence may break out, the IDF is beefing up
forces and anti-riot teams along Israel’s borders ahead of “Nakba
Day” on Tuesday.
The IDF is concerned that it will face a repeat of last year’s Nakba
Day protests when nearly 100 Syrians succeeded in crossing into
Israel from the Golan Heights.
A number of protesters were reported killed by the IDF along the
borders with Lebanon and Syria.
Nakba Day – or the “day of catastrophe” – is the day Palestinians
mark the establishment of the State of Israel and its subsequent
“There are preparations and we will not allow a violation of Israel’s
sovereignty,” one officer explained on Sunday.
Since last year, the IDF has upgraded its riot gear with new
nonlethal systems such as the “Skunk” and “Scream,” which have been
used in the West Bank to disperse demonstrators. “Scream” is a device
that emits penetrating bursts of sound that leave protesters dizzy
and nauseous, while “Skunk” contains a foul-smelling liquid that is
sprayed on protesters.
The IDF has equipped battalions with new receivers for the
standardissued M-16 semi-automatic rifle so that it can shoot 0.22
The standard 5.556 mm. round is not as lethal when fired from a
distance by sharpshooters.
The army has also purchased impact rounds for snipers to use with
Remington M-24 7.62 mm. rifles.
Impact rounds are usually made of non-lead materials and do not
penetrate the skin but rather inflict a painful blow to the target or
The new equipment comes on the heels of ordering other riot gear such
as tear gas, rubber bullets and protective equipment.
The IDF also recently completed the erection of a new fence along the
Syrian border as well as the construction of new minefields aimed at
Israel has passed on messages to the United Nations Interim Force in
Lebanon warning that the IDF will use force to prevent an
infiltration of its border.
In response, UNIFIL plans to deploy large forces along the border.
In the West Bank, the IDF and civil administration are coordinating
with Palestinian Authority security forces to allow Palestinian
protest without an escalation in violence. Expected hotspots will
once again include the Kalandiya crossing between Jerusalem and
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said standard law enforcement
deployments would occur on Nakba Day, in line with security
The police’s seven districts will hold further deliberations in the
coming days, and coordinate their preparations with one another,
Rosenfeld added. Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/14/12)
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