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Testimony: A.A.S.D.


Name: A.A.S.D.
Age: 15
Date of incident: 13 April 2016
Location: Beit Fajjar, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones
On 13 April 2016, a 15 year-old youth from Beit Fajjar is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 2:00 a.m. and accused of throwing stones.
My mother woke me up at around 2:00 a.m. and told me that Israeli soldiers had come to arrest me. I got up and went to the living room where I saw soldiers handing a document to my father which was handwritten in Hebrew. Then they told me to get ready.
The soldiers remained inside our house for about 30 minutes then they took me outside where they tied my hands to the front with one plastic tie which was very tight. They also blindfolded me and took me to the back of a jeep where I sat on the metal floor. The jeep drove for about 15 minutes before stopping at Etzion settlement where I was put in a shipping container and sat on the floor. It was a very cold night and I was very cold.
About 30 minutes later a doctor examined me. He removed the blindfold and asked me some general questions about my health condition. He blindfolded me again when he was done. I remained inside the container until around 7:00 a.m. During this time some soldiers came in and kicked me in the back. I was then taken for interrogation.
The interrogator wore civilian clothes. Before questioning me he asked for my father’s number and called him and asked him to appoint a lawyer for me because I was accused of throwing stones at soldiers. The interrogator did not inform me of any rights. He removed the tie and the blindfold and accused me of throwing stones at soldiers.
The interrogator then showed me a photograph of someone throwing stones and claimed that it was me. I told him the person in the picture was not me. I was interrogated for about two hours. During this time the interrogator swore at me and called me fucker son of a whore. He repeated the same accusation but I continued to deny it.
At the end of the interrogation he printed out my statement in Hebrew and asked me to sign it. I asked him to translate it for me but he only told me it was identical to what I told him. I signed it anyway. He then took my photograph and my fingerprints and took me to a room after I was strip searched. Soldiers brought me some food but I thought it was inedible. Then a lawyer visited me.
At around 9:00 p.m. I was shackled and handcuffed to the front and taken to the back of a troop carrier where I sat on a seat. The troop carrier drove for about an hour to Ofer prison, near Ramallah. At Ofer I was strip searched again and taken into Section 13.
The following day I was taken to Ofer military court and my parents and my lawyer were there. I was able to speak to my parents in court. The hearing was adjourned.
I had three more military court hearings. On the last hearing I was released on bail. My parents had to pay NIS 1,500 and a hearing was scheduled for 21 May 2016. I was released from prison on 21 April 2016 at around 11:00 p.m. and I went home with my parents who were waiting for me outside prison. We arrived home after midnight.