When dispersing riots, Israeli law enforcement heavily relies on several non-lethal means. All of the non-
lethal riot dispersal means are identical to those used by other western countries such as the U.S., U.K., the
Netherlands and others.
Security forces disperse riots only if they become violent and endanger the lives of Israeli soldiers and
civilians. A violent riot might include burning tires, and throwing rocks and molotov cocktails.
Israeli soldiers go through courses and special training with these means. Firearms are used only in extreme
circumstances, when rioters pose a serious threat to the lives of civilians and security personal.
Stun Grenade – Creating an extremely loud blast and emitting a flash of light upon release, stun grenade
are used to temporarily neutralize violent rioters, without inflicting long-term damage. While heavily used
throughout the world, especially in America, the device is sparingly used by Israeli security forces.
Tear Gas – Individuals use tear gas for self defense. U.S. and European law enforcement consider it the
ultimate solution for combative crowds. Israeli security forces resort to it for crowd control. When released
into the air, the non-lethal liquid becomes an aerosol, which irritates mucous membranes, without causing
Rubber Bullets – A non-lethal alternative to real bullets, the global product is used by Americans and
Europeans to disperse riots. Capable of causing head injuries, rubber bullets fired from standard firearms
are routinely directed toward the legs.
“Skunk” – Designed and manufactured by the Israel Police, the machine sprays high-pressured, non-lethal
liquid into the air, covering long distances. The intolerable smell disperses rioters, without inflicting long-