|1 June 2021
|Beit Ummar, West Bank
On 1 June 2021, a 15-year-old minor from Beit Ummar was questioned at Etzion police station after responding to a telephone summons and accused of throwing stones. He reports being denied his basic legal rights under Israeli military law. He reports being released without charge 5 hours later.
"Captain Khaled", the Israeli intelligence officer in charge of my village, phoned my father a day before my arrest and told him to bring me to his office in Etzion settlement. It was around 4:00 p.m. He told my father he would "regret it" of if he did not bring me to his office and that our home would be raided and damaged if he did not bring me.
The next morning I went with my father to the police station in Etzion settlement at 9:00 a.m. "Captain Khaled" and "Captain Hamza" came to the gate where we were waiting and started to question me. I was not informed of any legal rights. "Captain Khaled" accused me of throwing stones on Route 60. I denied the accusation. He threatened to revoke my father’s and my cousins’ work permits if I did not stop throwing stones. He talked to me for about 30 minutes without allowing me to speak to a lawyer and without informing me of my right to silence. Then he told my father to wait by the gate and I was taken inside.
"Captain Khaled" took me to a room where another interrogator joined him. Then he started to yell at me. He raised his hand up as if he was going to slap me and told me not to look him in the eye. Then he accused me of throwing stones every day at the nearby settlement of Karmi Zur and on Route 60. I denied the accusation. He told me he had photographic evidence against me and video footage. I continued to deny the accusation. I still was not informed of any legal rights.
Then he took me to another small room and left me there for about two hours with another detainee from my village. Then he came back and threatened again to raid our home and destroy it if I did not stop throwing stones. He also threatened to beat me to death if I did not change my behavior. I denied the accusation and told him he did not have any evidence against me otherwise he was welcome to arrest me at home.
After about two hours he took a photo of my face and another one of my shirt and then took me back to the gate without asking me to sign any documents. He told my father he could take me home. My father and I took a taxi home, we arrived at around 2:00 p.m.
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