Video: ‘Long range acoustic device’ and other weapons used on Palestinians on Land Day

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Russia Today video of Israeli Land Day fire in Gaza.

In Friday’s Land Day protests, hundreds of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza were injured by Israeli dispersal weapons, and one in Gaza was killed. Weapons used against the protesters included tear gas canisters, live bullets, and water cannons. In addition, Israeli forces also used a Long Range Acoustic Device, a sound machine designed to emit a high frequency noise. The machine can be heard in the background of both videos. It sounds like a soft and piercing, high pitch.

In the West Bank over 200 were severely injured and at least nine in Gaza. Tens of Palestinians were also arrested in the West Bank. Russia Today was reporting live, and captured the Israeli weapons as they were used against protestors. 

Russia Today video of Israeli Land Day fire in Jerusalem.

19 Responses

  1. LanceThruster
    April 2, 2012, 5:33 pm

    My neighbors’ kids used long range low frequency on me (boom stereos). I surrendered and moved after 3-1/2 years (partly because they had cop connections and I wound up being the one getting hassled).

    Crooked cops are much alike all over the globe.

  2. giladg
    April 2, 2012, 6:24 pm

    Does this mean that the demonstrations where not “non-violent” as billed by Barghouti?
    Where do they want Jews to go? When will they understand that Jews have no other place to go and no amount of demonstrations can change this fact.
    The Palestinian cause would be better served if they were encourage to live together with Jews, without denying Jewish legitimate rights. Yes, Jews have rights as well. The story is not only about Arabs.

    • Daniel Rich
      April 2, 2012, 7:16 pm

      @ giladg.

      You’re confused. You need a ‘license’ to kill. It’s not a ‘right.’

    • Bill in Maryland
      April 2, 2012, 7:23 pm

      I fully agree with you Gilad that the bulldozing of Jewish homes, construction of Arab-only housing and roads, and rampant theft of land and water resources from Jews in the Holy Land must stop. And shame on the US leadership for cozying up to the Arab Lobby and defending this ongoing ethnic cleansing of helpless Jews from Israel by the near-omnipotent Palestinians. Who can stop them except you and me?

      • giladg
        April 3, 2012, 1:44 am

        When the Palestinians want to they know how to bring the Arab and Muslim armies to the borders of Israel, and not for fishing trips, and they have done so numerous times. Omnipotent, right.

      • pabelmont
        April 3, 2012, 9:37 am

        There is a considerable agreement that the proper treaty line should be the green line. Israel could then live in peace and without all these protests, AFTER it got completely out of the West Bank (and lifted the now-7-year siege of Gaza).

        Once this is done, the MAJOR part of the conflict will be over. The question of RoR will remain, Israel will remain intransigent, and the effectiveness of UNGA-194 et al will depend on HOW ANGRY the international community has become by the time it gets its act together to bring about the GREEN-LINE peace.

        Israel is — IMO — foolish to make peace depend (and wait) upon a fully enraged international community, because that (if it ever occur, of course!) could entail the RoR of the exiles from 1948, whereas a kind-gentle offer by Israel of a just and lasting comprehensive peace (green-line, corridor from Gaza to WB, Israeli access to Jewish holy places with land-access to wailing wall) might side-step the RoR issue (incorrectly in my view, but understandably as a political matter).

    • eljay
      April 2, 2012, 9:15 pm

      >> The Palestinian cause would be better served if they were encourage to live together with Jews …

      Yeah, those Palestinians are just plain silly for not wanting to live with Jews who:
      - ethnically cleansed them from their homes and land in order to create an oppressive, expansionist, colonialist and religion-supremacist Jewish state;
      - remain engaged in an ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder which they refuse to halt immediately and completely, even though they have the power to do so; and
      - refuse to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

    • Shingo
      April 2, 2012, 10:23 pm

      The Palestinian cause would be better served if they were encourage to live together with Jews, without denying Jewish legitimate rights.

      They probably would already be doing that had the Israelli founders not insisted on artifically and violently creating a Jewish majorioty where none existed.

      Yes, Jews have rights as well. The story is not only about Arabs.

      Yes that’s what Israel needs, more Jewish rights.

      More rights to steal land
      More rights to evict Palestinians from their homes
      More rights to expel Palestinians and murder them.

    • RoHa
      April 3, 2012, 12:48 am

      In the 1930s the Palestinians were prepared to live together with Jews in a unified Palestine. They were prepared to grant all residents, Arabs and Jews, equal rights.

      It was the Zionist Jews who refused to live together with Palestinians and denied the rights of the Palestinians. And they still do.

    • talknic
      April 3, 2012, 1:43 am

      giladg — “Jews” nice try….. Israelis can go live in Israel…….

      It is prohibited under International Law for Israelis, both Jewish and non-Jewish (incl Arab Israelis) to illegally settle in “territories occupied” and/or territories illegally acquired by war and never legally annexed to the occupying power

    • Woody Tanaka
      April 3, 2012, 10:10 am

      “Does this mean that the demonstrations where not “non-violent” as billed by Barghouti?”

      No, it means that the Israelis reacted like the terrorists they are.

      “The Palestinian cause would be better served if they were encourage to live together with Jews, without denying Jewish legitimate rights. ”

      Here is the problem with that formulation, as it has been exercised for 3 generations: to you zios, “to live together with Jews” means to be subjects of the Jews, with special laws in place to preserve Jewish control over Arabs, even to the point of holding millions of people as stateless serfs with no human rights.

      If you want the Arabs and Jews to live together, then be willing to give everyone from the Med. to the Jordan and equal say in the government, with full political rights and human rights preserved for all.

      Will you encourage the Jews to live together with Arabs, under those fair conditions? Or are you really saying that you want the Arabs to get used to living under the Jews?

    • Theo
      April 3, 2012, 11:31 am

      giladg

      “the jews have no other place to go”

      Let not confuse the jews, who left Europe after the Holocaust and great suffering, with the majority with those jews who came much, much later.
      Those jews had a place to live, millions in the old Sovietunion alone, where there was no anti-semitism. As matter of fact, the jews were highly represented in the ruling class, both political and economical.
      The same goes for those jews who lived peacefully in the arab countries. I personally talked to jews in Tunisia only a few years ago, who live there happily and will not move to Israel.

      Facit, outside the jews who came before 1948 all others had a home where they could live peacefully and usually in greater comfort than the other citizens and these are in great majority. You believed the zionist propaganda.
      The land of milk and honey did not work out as planned and the flow of those goodies will stop with the cancellation of billions of US support.
      At that time we will see a great new wandering of jews to greener pastures.

    • Talkback
      April 5, 2012, 5:51 pm

      “The Palestinian cause would be better served if they were encourage to live together with Jews, without denying Jewish legitimate rights.”

      You mean like in 1948 when the Palestinians wanted to live together with Jews and including minority rights in a united, independent Palestine and Jewish seperatists and terrorists didn’t and went for a hostile takeover of Palestine and expulsion?

  3. Scott
    April 2, 2012, 9:10 pm

    Gilad, I like Bill’s comment above. Perhaps irony is the best response. But. . .
    I was going to ask you, sincerely, do you really believe what you write? A couple of days ago I read in the Times a story about some Jewish from Milwaukee settlement woman, in Migron. She spouted all the Bible torah bs. But do you really believe she has “no other place to go?” She could come back to Milwaukee. She would probably have to be deprogrammed, but we would take her. She would do less damage to us here than there.

  4. tear-stained uzi
    April 2, 2012, 11:44 pm

    Does this mean that the demonstrations where not “non-violent” as billed by Barghouti?
    Where do they want Jews to go? When will they understand that Jews have no other place to go and no amount of demonstrations can change this fact.
    The Palestinian cause would be better served if they were encourage to live together with Jews, without denying Jewish legitimate rights. Yes, Jews have rights as well. The story is not only about Arabs.

    I was going to comment that the bravery and, yes, morality demonstrated by those IDF soldiers in the video is astonishing; the military is truly Israel’s greatest institution, bar none!

    But then I read giladg’s astute analysis and realized the Israeli educational system is Even More Awesome!!!

  5. Chu
    April 3, 2012, 8:15 am

    The NYPD had a long range acoustic device ready for use at the antiwar protests on 7th Ave and 34th Street. In case things got out of hand they had, which I believe was a low frequency generator aimed down 7th Ave. I think these demonstration videos shot by the israeli forces will be used as a training tool for other officers worldwide, for the G8 summit and that sort of venue.A by-product of tghe occupation that can be sold to global security firms.

    • lysias
      April 3, 2012, 10:26 am

      The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) has been used a number of times against protesters:

      The LRAD device was on hand at protests of the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City[6] but not used; it was extensively used against opposition protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia, in November 2007.[7]

      The magazine Foreign Policy has revealed that LRADs have been sold to the government of the People’s Republic of China. American companies have been banned from selling arms to China since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

      Local residents of Dusit in Bangkok witnessed it in use during protests of Triumph factory employees against dismissals on August 28, 2009.[8] The LRAD was used for the first time in the United States in Pittsburgh during the time of the G20 summit on September 24–25th, 2009.[9][10] Pittsburgh police again utilized LRAD as a precautionary measure to prevent unruly crowds from getting out of control following the 2011 Super Bowl. LRAD systems were also purchased by Toronto Police for the 2010 G20 summit.

      In 2009, the government of Honduras used it on at least two occasions, on September 22 and 25, to communicate to those seeking refuge in the Brazilian embassy. In addition to embassy staff, these included the deposed president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, his family, and some supporters and journalists.

      LRAD was also used against college students in the city of Macomb, Illinois at the Wheeler Block Party at Western Illinois University (“WIU”)[11] on May 1, 2011.[1]

      LRAD was reportedly[12] used by the Oakland Police Department during the clearance of the Occupy Oakland encampment on the morning of 25 October 2011.

      The Polish Police acquired LRAD units in December 2010 and used them to communicate with protesters during the 11 November 2011 riots in Warsaw. [13]

      LRAD was present, but not used, when the New York City Police department cleared Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccotti Park on the morning of 15 November 2011.[2]

      LRAD was present, but not used, when the Boston Police Department cleared Occupy Boston protestors from Dewey Square on the morning of 10 December 2011. [3]

      LRAD deployed at Occupy Oakland link to ustream.tv

      At the time the LRAD was used in Honduras, there were reports that a “retired” Israeli general was in charge of the operation:

      There have been repeated recent reports that Israeli soldiers have been training and supplying the golpista forces in Honduras. This report from yesterday, Ejército de Honduras usa armas electrónicas de última generación indicates that a retired Israeli general on scene is in charge of the operation:

      “Sonic gun” used by police in Honduras now used against G-20 protesters?

      Ejército de Honduras usa armas electrónicas de última generación:

      La pregunta obligada es ¿Quién les está proporcionando armas electrónicas al ejército de Honduras? De nuevo, denuncias hechas a través de Radio Globo, nos dan pistas. Se denunció hace unos días que quien está entrenando y dirigiendo a las fuerzas represoras es un general retirado israelí. Nuevamente nos surgen muchas otras preguntas a partir de esta revelación. ¿Quién es ese misterioso general retirado israelí? ¿Qué intereses tiene en Honduras? ¿Qué conexiones tiene que puede acceder a ese tipo de material y “donarlo” o venderlo a un país como Honduras? ¿A cuenta de que, estaría proporcionando ese tipo de material?

      Hace unas semanas concluyo un periplo de alto nivel del régimen israelí por Latinoamérica. Son claros sus intereses en la región cuando ve debilitada su posición internacional y su influencia en la geopolítica global. Esta puede ser una de las razones por las que -tras bastidores- estarían apoyando con asesores y equipos sofisticados al régimen golpista de Micheletti. Seguiremos investigando estas relaciones.

      • lysias
        April 3, 2012, 11:20 am

        Sorry, I formatted that wrong: the quote from Wikipedia ended at “LRAD deployed at Occupy Oakland link to ustream.tv”. The blockquote should have ended there.

      • Chu
        April 3, 2012, 1:45 pm

        It was at the RNC in NYC in 2004. Sitting atop a big white police truck that was built for it. I tried to find a picture of the vehicle. Very imposing, made you feel like a small insect and it was a giant fly swatter. I thought it was larger than the one picture in the wiki link.

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