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Testimony: R.M.A.K.


Name: R.M.A.K.
Age: 14
Date of incident: 12 May 2016
Location: Beitunya, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones

On 12 February 2016 a 14-year-old boy from Beituniya is detained by Israeli soldiers outside his home at 10:00 a.m. and later accused of throwing stones. He is released without charge 16 hours later.

I was standing outside our house at around 10:00 a.m. when an Israeli military jeep pulled up and four soldiers stepped out and detained me. The soldiers then stopped a taxi and detained another boy. They took us towards the school where they detained two more boys. Then I was put in the back of a jeep where I was made me sit on the metal floor.
The jeep drove towards the bypass road where they told me to get out. The soldiers searched me and then started to beat me very hard without provocation. One soldier hit me hard on the head with his helmet and pushed me to the ground and put his boot on my stomach. This lasted for more than 30 minutes. Then I was taken back to the jeep which drove to Ofer prison.
On arrival at Ofer prison my hands were tied behind my back with one plastic tie which was very painful. I was then made to sit on the ground.  A short while later I was put in the back of an Israeli police car where I sat on a seat and the car drove to Atarot police station.
When we arrived at Atarot I was taken inside where I sat on the floor. Three soldiers started to beat me for about 15 minutes until the commander came and told the soldiers to stop. The Commander asked me to call my father and told him to come to the police station to attend my interrogation. My father arrived at around 2:00 p.m. but I wasn’t taken for interrogation until around 5:00 p.m. During this time I wasn’t allowed to speak to my father.
My father accompanied me into the interrogation room. I remember there was a camera in the room. The interrogator immediately told my father not to speak and then showed me footage of boys throwing stones at soldiers and asked me to identify the boys. I refused and told him I didn’t know any of the boys. He then accused me of throwing stones at soldiers and I denied the accusation. Then he wanted to know what I was doing at the time of my arrest and I told him I was standing outside my house when the soldiers forced me into the back of the jeep. At no time did the interrogator inform me of my rights.
The interrogator repeated the same questions over and over again. He then asked me and my father to sign a document in Hebrew but we both refused in the beginning but then the interrogator convinced us to sign once he said it was what I had told him. The interrogation lasted for about an hour.
After the interrogation they took my photograph and my fingerprints and took me to the waiting room on the ground floor. One of the commanders told me only four of the boys arrested with me were going to be released and two would be kept in detention.
I remained in the waiting room for about two hours. During this time I was given some food and water. I was then released at around midnight. The commander told my father next time they were going to fine us 5,000 shekels. I arrived home with my father at around 2:00 a.m.