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Testimony: F.A.H.K.


Name: F.A.H.K.
Age: 13
Date of incident: 18 March 2016
Location: Jayyus, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones
On 18 March 2016, a 13-year-old minor from Jayyus was detained by Israeli soldiers at 1:00 p.m. by the Wall and accused of throwing stones. He reports ill treatment and being denied his basic legal rights under Israeli military law. He reports being released without charge 8 hours after being detained. 
I was playing with some friends near fish ponds by the Wall. It was around 1:00 p.m. Suddenly four Israeli soldiers arrived on the scene. My friends and I started to run away because we were scared. I ran into one of the nearby houses but the owner of the house asked me to leave because he didn’t want the soldiers to enter his home. As soon as I let the house me and another boy were detained.
The soldiers made me stand by the side of the road until a military jeep arrived. I was then put in the back of the jeep where they made me sit on the floor. They did not tell me why they were arresting me or where they were taking me. The soldiers were talking in Hebrew and I couldn’t understand what they were saying.
One of the soldiers asked to see my hands and when he saw they were dirty he accused me of throwing stones. My hands were dirty from the floor of the jeep and I denied I had been throwing stones.
The jeep drove for about 10 minutes to a nearby military base where I was kept inside the jeep. A soldier started to question me about throwing stones but I told him I didn’t throw stones at anyone. He did not inform me of any rights. He then blindfolded me and took me to a small room inside the base where I sat on a chair. About 30 minutes later a soldier went by and beat me with the back of his gun on my back. A commander then started to question me.
The commander asked me why I was throwing stones at soldiers and I told him I wasn’t throwing stones at anyone. He opened my hands and saw dirt and I explained that the dirt came from the floor of the jeep. He accused me of lying. He then told me I had to tell him about the other boys who were throwing stones and I told him we were not throwing stones but playing near the fish ponds. He questioned me for about 30 minutes and did not inform me of any rights. I was blindfolded the whole time.
Later I was taken to another room where I sat on a chair and they brought me some water. Then the commander took my mobile phone and called my brother and told him I was being detained because I was throwing stones at soldiers. I remained in the room until around 9:00 p.m. when I was taken back to a military jeep which took me to an agricultural gate in the Wall near my village where they released me. I walked home and arrived at around 9:30 p.m.