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Testimony: A.H.A.A.

 

Name: A.H.A.A.
Age: 15
Date of incident: 9 May 2016
Location: Deir Abu Mash'al, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones
 
On 9 May 2016, a 15-year-old youth from Deir Abu Mash'al is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 3:00 a.m. and accused of throwing stones. He is released without charge 3 days later. "I woke up at around 3:00 a.m. to the sound of banging at the front door."
 
I woke up at around 3:00 a.m. to the sound of banging at the front door. I opened the door and an Israeli soldier immediately asked me for my name and then told me to change because they wanted to arrest me. My father tried to get information from the commander and to find out more details but the commander didn’t say anything. They did not give us any written documents and did not tell us the reason for my arrest or where they were going to take me.
 
The soldiers took me down the stairs were they aggressively tied my hands to the back with one plastic tie and made it very tight and painful. They also blindfolded me. I was then led on foot for about 200 meters to where a jeep was waiting. I was put in the back of the jeep and made me sit on the metal floor.
 
The jeep drove around the village for about 30 minutes and then I was transferred to a troop carrier where I was made to sit on the floor. The troop carrier did not move for about 30 minutes while the soldiers made more arrests.
 
While inside the troop carrier a doctor asked me some questions about my medical condition. The carrier then drove for about 30 minutes to the police station inside Binyamin settlement where I waited for about 15 minutes.
 
After 15 minutes at Binyamin I was put in the back of a jeep where I sat on the floor again. The jeep drove for about 30 minutes to a military base where I remained inside the jeep. About 30 minutes later the jeep drove back to Binyamin where I was put in a courtyard. At around 6:00 a.m. I was taken for interrogation.
 
I recall there was a camera in the interrogation room. The interrogator removed the blindfold and asked me whether I wanted to contact a lawyer and call my parents. He did not inform me of my right to silence but told me anything I said would be put in the computer and used against me in court. I called my father and told him where I was. The interrogator immediately accused me of throwing stones. I denied the accusation. He then showed me some pictures of boys throwing stones and asked me to identify the boys. I told him I didn’t know any of them. He then lost his temper and started to yell and shout at me hysterically. He repeated the same questions again and again. I continued to deny the accusation and didn’t give him any names.
 
Then he printed out my statement in Hebrew and asked me to sign it and I did. After I signed he accused me of attempting to stab a soldier and I denied the accusation. He then took my photograph and my fingerprints and took me to a room where I remained for about 30 minutes. I wasn’t given any food but I was allowed to use the toilet.
 
After 30 minutes I was blindfolded and taken to the back of a jeep where I sat on the floor and the jeep drove to Etzion settlement where I spent two days.
 
At around 10:00 a.m. on the second day I was taken to Ofer military court where I waited until around 4:30 p.m. but I was never taken into the court. Then a soldier told me I was going to be released. I was not charged with any offence.
 
Then I was taken back to Etzion where I arrived at around 6:00 p.m. and I was released from Etzion. I was dropped off on the main road near a settlement where there were settlers and I was scared. I stopped a Palestinian vehicle and the driver drove me to Bethlehem and gave me some money to take a taxi to Ramallah. I then took another taxi from Ramallah to my village.