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Testimony: I.M.L.S.


Name: I.M.L.S.
Age: 14
Date of incident: 6 November 2016
Location: Husan, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones

On 6 November 2016, a 14-year-old boy from Husan is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 1:30 a.m. after they broke down the front door with a sledgehammer. He is accused of throwing stones and was released on 11 November 2016.

I was woken up by the sound of our front door  being broken in with a sledge hammer at around 1:30 a.m. Israeli soldiers stormed into our home and asked my father to bring everyone to the living room. Then they checked the annex in my father’s identity card and told him they wanted to arrest me. They were not sure whether they also wanted to arrest my brother but in the end they arrested him too. They did not give my father any written documents and did not tell us the reason for the arrest or where they were taking me.
The soldiers remained inside our house for about 30 minutes then they told me to get dressed. They took me outside where they blindfolded me and tied my hands to the front with one plastic tie which was very tight. Then they took me to the back of a jeep where they made me sit on the floor with my brother.
The Jeep drove to the nearby settlement of Bitar Illit where I was taken to a shipping container and I was examined by a doctor. The doctor removed the blindfold and then put it on again after the examination.
Then I sat on a chair and I slept until the morning. I was not given any food but I was allowed to use the toilet. Then I was taken back to the jeep where I sat on the floor again and we drove for about an hour and then stopped at a place I did not recognize. I was taken to a courtyard for about 30 minutes and the weather was cold. Then an interrogator took me to the interrogation room.
I remained tied and blindfolded throughout the interrogation. The interrogator said if I told him everything he would release me. Then he accused me of throwing stones at soldiers. He did not inform me of any rights at this stage. I told him this was not true and that I spend most of my time at home. He interrogated me for about an hour and during this time he slapped and punched me in my head and legs and I fell to the ground. He put his foot on my waist and pressed hard and I felt I was about to suffocate. Then he pulled me from the neck and twisted me around a couple of times until I got dizzy. Then he removed the blindfold and brought in some people; one of them had a taser with him. He threatened to taser me if I did not confess and swung the taser in front of my face. Then he lightly tasered me on the knee. Then the commander walked in and told them to leave the room and took the taser away. He continued to accuse me of throwing stones and I continued to deny the accusation.
When the interrogation was over the interrogator told me I had the right to remain silent and the right to consult with a lawyer. He called a lawyer and allowed me to speak to him. He also called my father and told him to attend my hearing at Ofer military court. Then he printed out my statement in Hebrew and asked me to sign it and I did without understanding what it said. I was scared to ask him to translate it because I thought he might bring the guy with the taser again. I also signed a document which said I was informed of my right to see a lawyer.
Then they took my photograph and fingerprints and strip searched me. I was then taken to a cell where the soldiers removed the tie. I slept until around 2:00 a.m. when soldiers shackled and handcuffed me and took me to a troop carrier which drove to Ofer prison where I was strip searched again and taken into Section 13.
The following day I was taken to Ofer military court. My parents did not attend because they were not informed. My lawyer was there and the hearing was adjourned.
On 11 November 2016, I was released from prison but I wasn’t told the conditions for my release and I have no idea whether my file had been closed or not. My parents were not informed of my release and I took a taxi by myself to Hizma checkpoint and I called my father and he met me there and took me home. I arrived home at around 9:00 p.m.