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Testimony: F.H.A.N.


Name: F.H.A.N.
Age: 14
Date: 5 June 2023
Location: Binyamin police station, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones

On 5 June 2023, a 14-year-old minor from Al Mughayyer was detained at the police station inside Binyamin settlement after complying with a verbal summons He reports being denied his basic legal rights under Israeli military law. He was fined NIS 2,000 and received a suspended sentence. He was released on 9 June 2023. 

My cousin was arrested and interrogated by the Israelis. During his interrogation the interrogator told my cousin he wanted to see me the following day at 9:00 a.m. for questioning. My father and I went to the police station in Binyamin settlement at 9:00 a.m. as directed. I was taken inside and they told my father to go home.
I was taken to a room with two other boys. I was left there for about two hours and then I was taken for interrogation.
The interrogator was not wearing a uniform. He asked me if I wanted to speak to a lawyer so that he could tell me not to speak during the interrogation. I did not understand what he meant and I did not speak to a lawyer. 
Then the interrogator accused me of throwing stones at settler cars. He did not give me a date but when I was released I was given a document which had a specific date of the incident. I denied the accusation. Then he told me he had photographs of me in the village outside my school holding a sling shot. I continued to deny the accusation. He then told me it was better for me to confess. He said this in a loud aggressive voice to scare me. 
The interrogator questioned me for about 30 minutes but I did not confess. At one point another interrogator joined him and they both asked me the same questions and accused me of the same accusation. 
At the end of the interrogation I was asked to sign a document written in Hebrew. I signed some pages but not others; I only signed the pages where my name was written. Then they took my fingerprints and photographed me and took me back to the room with the other boys. I was left there for about two hours before being taken to a nearby military base where I was left outside on the ground for about three hours. I asked a soldier for some water which he gave me and he allowed me to use the toilet. He did not give me any food.
After about three hours a soldier called my name and told me they were taking me to Ofer prison, near Jerusalem. I arrived there at around 11:00 p.m. I was searched in my boxer shorts before being taken to section 13. I slept for about three hours and then they woke me up and told me I had to go to the military court. My parents were not in court because no one told them I had a court hearing and the judge postponed the hearing till the following day. 
The following day my parents came and attended my hearing. The military judge decided to release me and told my parents they had to pay a fine of NIS 2,000 and another NIS 2,500 as a bond. He also imposed a suspended sentence on me of three months valid for a year. 
After the court I was taken back to Ofer. I was released on 9 June 2023. My father was waiting for me outside Ofer court and I went home with him. I arrived home at around 8:00 p.m. I was tired and sleepy. I had dinner and then went to bed. It was a hard experience being in prison, I did not like it.