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Testimony: N.T.A.T.


Name: N.T.A.T.
Age: 15
Date of incident: 4 May 2016
Location: Al 'Arrub, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones
On 4 May 2016, a 15-year-old youth from the Al 'Arrub refugee camp is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 3:00 a.m. and accused of throwing stones. He is released without charge on 15 May 2016.
My mother woke me up at around 3:00 a.m. and told me Israeli soldiers were inside our house. I got up and went to the living room where the soldiers asked for our names. When I said my name they told me I was under arrest. They did not tell me the reason for my arrest or where they were going to take me. I also did not see them give my parents any documents.
The soldiers told me to get dressed and then took me outside where they tied my hands to the back with one plastic tie which was very tight. They also blindfolded me. I was then led towards the centre of the refugee camp where a soldier head-butted me.
About 15 minutes later I was taken to the nearby military watchtower on the main road where I was put in the back of a military jeep. The jeep drove for about 30 minutes to the police station inside the settlement of Kiryat Arba. On arrival at Kiryat Arba I was made to sit on the ground outside until around 8:00 a.m. I was allowed to use the toilet during this time.
At around 8:00 a.m. I was taken back to the  jeep and made to sit on the metal floor. The jeep drove for about an hour to the settlement of Etzion where I was immediately taken for interrogation at around 9:00 a.m.
The interrogator started to interrogate me without informing me of any rights. He kept the tie and the blindfold on and accused me of throwing stones at soldiers. I told him this was not true. When I complained about the tie and the blindfold he removed them and went on with the interrogation. Each time I said something he didn’t like he tied and blindfolded me again.
The interrogator told me there were soldiers who saw me throwing stones and I challenged him to confront me with them but he did not. Then he mentioned the name of a boy from the camp and told me he had confessed against me. I told him this could not be true.
Later another interrogator joined in. This one was aggressive and punched me in the stomach when I refused to confess. He verbally abused me and told me I was son of a whore. He then printed out my statement in both Arabic and Hebrew and asked me to sign it which I did.
After the interrogation the interrogator called my parents and told them I was at Etzion and that I was going to have a military court hearing the following day. Then they took my photograph and my fingerprints and took me to a doctor who examined me. I was then strip searched and taken to a cell where they brought me some food.
I remained in the cell until around 10:00 p.m. when I was shackled and handcuffed and taken to the back of a troop carrier where I sat on a seat. The troop carrier drove for about 90 minutes to Ofer prison where I was strip searched again and taken to the juvenile section.
The following day I was taken to Ofer military court. A lawyer was there but my parents did not attend. The hearing was adjourned. I had two more hearings which my parents and my lawyer attended. I was released on 15 May 2016, one day before my third hearing was scheduled. I was released without charge and I went home by myself. I arrived home at around 11:00 p.m.