How 'bout "social commentators" American cops order foul-smelling 'skunk water' used by Israeli troops for use against crowds US authorities reported to have purchased liquid described as 'like a mixture of excrement, noxious gas and a decomposing donkey' Getty Stink: Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli military vehicle spraying skunk Police forces in the US are said to have bought supplies of the foul-smelling 'skunk water' used by Israeli soldiers against Palestinian protesters. The putrid liquid, commonly referred to simply as Skunk, was developed by Israeli firm Odortec. It is shot out of water canons at people and property and has been used in the West Bank for the past seven years. Those who have come into contact with the sticky substance say it is 'like a mixture of excrement, noxious gas and a decomposing donkey'. Others claim it is 'worse than raw sewage'. Despite the stink caused by its use, Odortec say it is not harmful to humans and 100 per cent eco-friendly. Skunk is made from ingredients such as baking powder and yeast and creates a stench that can remain on the skin for days after exposure. Getty Dispersal weapon: Palestinians run for cover from skunk cannon during clashes A Palestinian photographer told the BBC : "Once I was trapped against a wall and covered head to toe in skunk. "Afterwards my car stank and my wife made me undress outside the house. One of my cameras was destroyed and the rest of my kit still smells." St Louis Metropolitan Police Department is one of those reported to have stockpiled Skunk, a year after riots in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. But social commentators have warned that using it on the streets of America would further stoke anger against the authorities. Maryland-based Mistral Security supplies Skunk in cannisters, grenades and huge tanks that can spray up to 60 feet. Special soap is available for officers who spray themselves with the substance, while tomato ketchup is said to have a similar, if messier, effect for protesters caught up in the foul-smelling streams.