On July 27, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas issued his
first call for massive protests against Israel, Middle East Newsline reported. Abbas told a meeting of the
Palestine Liberation Organization that the PA would encourage anti-Israeli
demonstrations throughout the region.
"In this forthcoming period, we want mass action, organized and
coordinated in every place," Abbas said. "This is a chance to raise our
voices in front of the world and say that we want our rights."
So far, the Army has introduced a new .22 caliber bullet that could be
fired from the U.S.-origin M-16 assault rifle, a staple in the military.
Officials said the .22 bullet, deployed in June, could not kill when
fired from a distance of at least 75 meters but could hurt or frighten most
Officials said snipers were being trained to disable Palestinian protest
organizers. They cited the acquisition of impact rounds, designed to cause
pain but not penetrate skin by snipers using the M-24 7.62mm rifle.
"The key will be knowing when to fire and whom to target," the official
Officials said Army instructors have been focusing on how to use
less-than-lethal ammunition. They said the training, meant to take place in
the southern base of Lachish, would also demonstrate such equipment as
Scream and Skunk Bomb, which emits a screeching sound and a foul-smelling
spray, respectively. Most of the equipment was expected to arrive in August.
The intensified training was based on the assessment that the
PA would order thousands of people to confront Israeli
soldiers and police in Jerusalem and the West Bank in September. The PA said
it would seek international recognition for the unilateral declaration of a
state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The police and military have also been supplied with dozens of trucks
fitted with water cannons. Officials said the Army would receive at least 24
such vehicles, which could also employ Skunk Bomb.