In the last few weeks we have witnessed an increased use of a new tear gas canister by the Israeli army. Significantly, this new canister differs from its predecessor by the range of its projectile: while the older canisters reached merely a few hundred meters, the new and improved long-range canisters reach several hundred meters, propelled by internal combustion. The soldiers launching the new canisters do not have visuals on the targeted areas, especially when used in built environments. The new canisters are manufactured of lighter materials, however the danger of direct impact is much more significant because of higher velocity. In addition, the new canister is undetectable from the ground whereas previously, demonstrators, its targets, could detect its general direction and avoid impact. The new canister is visible only once it hits its target and emits tear gas.
With the previous tear gas canisters, soldiers were clearly instructed to fire only once they have visuals on the targets. With the new canister, it is much less probable the soldiers are able to clearly see the targets. Thus, for instance, during the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh on Friday, 11 March 2016, an 11 years old boy sustained an injury to his torso from a direct impact of the new canister. I would hate to assume what might have happened had that canister hit the child's head or the soldier not aim high enough and hit someone within a closer range at the same velocity. 
This is a situation in which the use of tear gas as crowd control measurement is akin to live ammunition and can be fatal. On 17 April, 2009, Bassem "Phil" Abu Rahmeh, a 30 years old resident of Bil'in, was killed from a direct impact of a tear gas canister during a demonstration near the separation barrier on his village's lands. On 9 December, 2011, Mustafa Tamimi from the village of Nabi Saleh was killed from a head injury caused by a tear gas canister fired at close range by an Israeli soldier.

New tear gas canisters could be fatal

In the last few weeks we have witnessed an increased use of a new tear gas canister by the Israeli army. Significantly, this new canister differs from its predecessor by the range of its projectile: while the older canisters reached merely a few hundred meters, the new and improved long-range canisters reach several hundred meters,…

Residents of the Ramallah-district village of Nabi Saleh marched on Friday to protest the occupation and the ongoing violent repression of Palestinians by the Israeli army. This time, protesters were accompanied by a large contingent of foreign solidarity activists, who came to participate in the demonstration and witness the brutality. The Israeli soldiers fired many rounds of tear gas canisters, including the new long-range variety that is undetectable while in motion, and that may cause serious injuries or worse. The soldiers also used stun grenades to disperse protesters. No major injuries reported.

Nabi Saleh 25/03/2016

Residents of the Ramallah-district village of Nabi Saleh marched on Friday to protest the occupation and the ongoing violent repression of Palestinians by the Israeli army. This time, protesters were accompanied by a large contingent of foreign solidarity activists, who came to participate in the demonstration and witness the brutality. The Israeli soldiers fired many…

Commemorating the 13th anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death, villagers in Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army, in protest of the ongoing occupation, land seizures and mass incarceration of Palestinians. Corrie was killed by the Israeli army while attempting to prevent house demolition in the Gaza strip. Today, the practice of punitive house demolition by the Israelis continues and has escalated in the past few months.  During the demonstration, the Israeli military fired several rounds of tear gas canisters and rubber coated steel bullets. No major injuries reported.

Nabi Saleh 18/03/2016

Commemorating the 13th anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death, villagers in Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army, in protest of the ongoing occupation, land seizures and mass incarceration of Palestinians. Corrie was killed by the Israeli army while attempting to prevent house demolition in the Gaza strip. Today, the practice of punitive house demolition by the…

During the weekly Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh, the Israeli army made extensive use of a new kind of tear gas canister, which has a much longer range and is almost undetectable. This time, the canister hit 10 year old Muhammad and injured him, though no bone was broken. He was taken for medical care and later released.

Nabi Saleh 11/03/2016

During the weekly Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh, the Israeli army made extensive use of a new kind of tear gas canister, which has a much longer range and is almost undetectable. This time, the canister hit 10 year old Muhammad and injured him, though no bone was broken. He was taken for medical care…

Aptly called "Friday of the Land," This week's demonstration in Nabi Saleh commemorated Land Day, recalling 6 Palestinians killed by Israeli police in army while protesting land expropriation in the Galilee in 1976. Villagers accompanies by Israeli and international activists, including a Brazilian delegation, marched towards the al-Qaws spring, which was expropriated for the use of the nearby settlement of Halamish. Marchers reiterated Palestinians' right to live on their lands.
The IDF attempted to disperse the marchers using tear gas and stun grenades. No major injuries reported.

The Arrest of Manal Tamimi

On Tuesday, 8 March, International Women’s Day, at 1:30am, fully armed Israeli soldiers raided the home of Manal and Bilal Tamimi in the village of Nabi Saleh. The soldiers arrested Manal in front of her frightened children, the youngest of which is 10 years old. Manal was then taken to an interrogation which was held…

After six months of popular uprising and brutal violent Israeli repression, Palestinians in the village of Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army to protest the ongoing occupation, land expropriations and extrajudicial killings. Protesters reported the army is now using a new, and lethal, kind of tear gas canisters, that are heavier than the previous ones, almost undetectable with a much bigger range. It is only a matter of time before these new canisters cause fatalities, they argued.

Nabi Saleh 04/03/2016

After six months of popular uprising and brutal violent Israeli repression, Palestinians in the village of Nabi Saleh confronted the Israeli army to protest the ongoing occupation, land expropriations and extrajudicial killings. Protesters reported the army is now using a new, and lethal, kind of tear gas canisters, that are heavier than the previous ones,…

Palestinians marked the 22nd anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre with a protest calling to end collective punishment and open Shuhadaa street. In the early morning hours of 25 February 1994, Barukh Goldstein, a settler from Kiryat Arba entered the Ibrahimi Mosque and fired his automatic weapon at Muslim worshipers, killing 29 of them, inuring 125. Goldstein, who was killed by survivors, was buried in Kiryat Arba and revered by many settlers. Palestinians bore the brunt of his actions, when the Israeli army closed Shuhadaa street, formerly a bustling commercial area in the old city, to the movement of Palestinians, allowing only Jewish settlers and foreign tourists. the street not only remains closed, but in recent months, Israel has stepped up its repression of Palestinians in Hebron, shuttering many more stores, and registering resident Palestinians in a move that is designed to facilitate settler takeover of properties. Since October, 18 Palestinians have been shot and killed on Hebron streets by soldiers who alleged knife attacks. Many more have been rounded up and arrested.
Today, protested attempted to march towards Kiryat Arba, where Goldstein lives and is buried, but the Israeli army, expecting them, attacked marchers with tear gas and stun grenades. The soldiers targeted photojournalists, and one Palestinian reporter was arrested.

Open Shuhadaa street, Hebron 26/02/2016

Palestinians marked the 22nd anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre with a protest calling to end collective punishment and open Shuhadaa street. In the early morning hours of 25 February 1994, Barukh Goldstein, a settler from Kiryat Arba entered the Ibrahimi Mosque and fired his automatic weapon at Muslim worshipers, killing 29 of them, inuring…