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Testimony: R.A.M.Q.

 

Name: R.A.M.Q.
Age: 12
Date: 29 December 2019
Location: Al Arrub, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones

On 29 December 2019, a 12-year-old minor from Al Arrub refugee camp recalls how Israeli soldiers raided his home at 3:00 a.m. and delivered a summons for his questioning and took his 15-year-old brother away.

Israeli soldiers raided our home at around 3:00 a.m. and gave my father a summons to take me to the police station later that day for questioning. They also arrested my older brother and took him away. 
 
After the soldiers left I could not go back to sleep because I was scared. 
 
Later that morning I went to school because I had an English language exam. I did not do well in my exam because I was stressed and did not have enough sleep the night before.
 
After the exam my father and I went to the police station in Etzion settlement as ordered. We waited outside the police station for about two hours before a soldier took my father inside. About three hours later they released my father and we both went home. 
 
My father told me the interrogator told him how powerful the State of Israel was. He told him they are capable of assassinating people in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.  Then he told him he knew everything there was to know about Al-Arrub as if it was his own home. Then he showed my father photographs of me standing on the side of the road during clashes with soldiers. Then he told him I was throwing stones at soldiers. My father denied it.
 
Then the interrogator told my father he had come to arrest me but then he realised I was too young. He warned my father any wrong behavior by me would make him come and arrest me.
 
This incident scared me and I worry that they might come and arrest me at any time.