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Testimony: M.I.M.N.


Name: M.I.M.N.
Age: 16
Date: 11 February 2018
Location: Bili'in, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones

On 11 February 2018, a 16-year-old youth from Bili’in is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 3:00 a.m. He reports that he was permitted to consult with a lawyer over the phone prior to interrogation and was told by the interrogator that if he confessed he would be sent home. 

I was fast asleep when I heard very loud banging at our front door. It was around 3:00 a.m. My mother answered the door and six Israeli soldiers entered our home. 
The soldiers immediately started to search our house and went to my bedroom. The commander told us he was looking for a particular jacket. When they found it the commander pulled me aside, asked me for my name and took a photo of me with the jacket on. Then he told me to get ready because I was under arrest. 
My mother tried to argue with the commander but he refused to listen to her. The soldiers did not give us any documentation but the commander told my mother they were arresting me for questioning and would return me home when they are done. 
I got dressed, said goodbye to my family and then I was handcuffed to the front. The metal handcuffs were painful. I could not put my shoes on and my mother helped me. I was then taken outside and blindfolded. I was then taken to the back of jeep where I sat on the metal floor. 
Inside the jeep soldiers put their boots on me and swore at me. They also kicked me on my side and caused me pain. The jeep drove to a nearby military base where I was taken to a shipping container where I stayed there until around 9:00 a.m. I could not sleep because I was tied and blindfolded. Soldiers brought me some food and I ate. 
At around 9:00 a.m. I was taken to the police station in Binyamin settlement where I waited in a room for about an hour and then I was taken to an interrogation room. By then it was around 11:00 a.m.
The interrogator was dressed in civilian clothes and had a camera and a computer in the room. He asked me for my name and age and then he called my mother and told her I was at Binyamin police station. Then he asked me if I wanted a lawyer and I told him I wanted a lawyer from my village and gave him his name. He called the lawyer and allowed me to speak to him. The lawyer told me to remain silent. Then the interrogator accused me of throwing stones during protests near the wall. I denied the accusation. Then he showed me some images on his computer screen and wanted me to confess but I did not. I told him I don’t take part in protests near the Wall. Then he accused me of throwing stones at soldiers when they enter the village. I denied the accusation.
He interrogated me for about an hour and when I told him I wanted to remain silent he raised his voice at me and accused me of lying. He also told me remaining silent would be considered a point against me in court and told me if I confessed he would send me home. 
At the end of the interrogation he gave me documents written in Hebrew and asked me to sign them and I did without understanding what they said. Then they took my photograph, fingerprints and a DNA sample from my mouth. 
Then I was taken to Ofer prison where I was strip searched before being taken to the juvenile section. I had dinner and I went to bed. 
At around 6:00 a.m. the following day I was taken to Ofer military court. The lawyer I requested was in court and he managed to get me released. The judge decided to release me without charge for lack of evidence but he made my parents pay 1,500 shekels. After court I was taken back to Ofer and released later. I was released on 12 February 2018, at around 11:00 p.m.
My mother was waiting for me outside Ofer priosn but the soldiers released me at another checkpoint. I managed to speak to her and then I took a taxi back to Ofer and I went home with her. This was a tough experience although I only spent one night in prison. I was worried about my school. I am in 10thgrade and I want to focus on my school work.