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Testimony: B.A.D.

 Name:  B.A.D.
 Age:  14 
 Date of incident:
 5 February 2015
 Location:  Dura, West Bank
 Accusation:  Throwing stones

On 5 February 2015, a 14-year-old minor from Dura was arrested by Israeli soldiers 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 several hours later. 

I was on my way to the shops when I saw a group of Israeli soldiers. They started to chase me and I ran towards my house and immediately took off my shoes. The soldiers chased me into our house and one of them held me by the neck and told me to put on my shoes. He then dragged me outside and searched me. He then told me to walk with him as I was under arrest. We walked for a few minutes to a waiting military jeep and I was made to sit on the metal floor.
The jeep drove for about five minutes before stopping. I was taken out and made to face the jeep. I was then blindfolded and put back on the floor of a second jeep. The jeep did not move. 
A bit later a soldier removed the blindfold and started to ask me some questions about my name and age. The soldier spoke very good Arabic. He then told me he wanted to know the names of boys who throw stones at soldiers. He started to mention some names of boys from the village and told me these boys throw stones. He wanted me to say yes but I told him I didn’t know the boys he named and that I didn’t know anyone who throws stones. He then told me he saw me throwing stones. I told him I never ever in my life threw stones at anyone. He did tell me i had any rights. 
The soldier then pulled me out of the jeep and handed me a stone and asked me to throw it. I threw the stone but not too far. The soldier got angry and told me I was fooling him. He said that is not how you throw stones. He handed me another stone and asked to throw the stone well. I threw the stone a bit further this time. Another soldier came by and started to speak to the soldier in Hebrew. I think they were trying to decide whether I was the one who was throwing stones or not.
I was then put back in the jeep on the metal floor. A soldier pushed a metal box which hit me on the leg and hurt me. Another soldier blindfolded me and the jeep drove away. On the way soldiers made fun of me. They talked in a loud voice and one of the soldiers put his backside against my face and farted. A bad smell came out. The soldiers started to laugh and I felt humiliated.
The jeep then stopped in a nearby field for about an hour. A soldier took me out, removed the blindfold and asked me if I knew my way home. I told him I did. He slapped me and kicked me and told me to go home. I walked for about half an hour before I arrived home.