[ Ed. note – Thomas Are is a liberation theologian and former Presbyterian preacher. In the following article he does some reflecting on why the Holy Land seems to have such a putrid smell these days. ]
By Thomas Are
When I think I have heard it all, then I read about Israel’s national stench policy. I am referring to Israel’s use since 2008 of “skunk juice” as a weapon to keep Palestinians under control.
Victims have no idea of its chemical make-up but if they are sprayed with it, it takes days of scrubbing to get rid of the stench. In a land where water is scarce, smelling like the sewer is a disheartening experience.