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Affidavit No. 1755/2004

Sworn Statement

After having been warned to tell the truth and nothing but the truth or else I shall besubjected to penal action, I the undersigned, Muhammad 'Abd-al-Mun'em Yousef al-Tawil,holder of ID 851782771, born in 1917, a farmer and resident of Toulkarem, ToulkaremGovernorate, would like to declare the following:

My family and I own a land of around 117 dunums in an area called Khirbet Jbara, south ofToulkarem. We inherited this land from our father, who inherited it from his father and hisgrandfathers. My family consists of 40 persons (my sons and grandsons). Due to theexpulsion and exile circumstances imposed on the Palestinian people, I am a displacedperson. In 1964, I left the West Bank, having been affiliated with the Palestinian Resistance,and came back in 1994 after 30 years of exile.

When I came back, I found that the land had been deserted for tens of years. Being afarmer, I worked on rehabilitating the land. During the last ten years, I worked hard onrehabilitating the land, which cost me approximately 60,000 Jordanian dinars. This land gaveme a crop of 30 tons of olives, 30 percent of which has been pressed into oil, giving myfamily and me a good financial return and financial support.

In 2002, the Israeli occupation forces started the construction of the Separation Wall andopening of the bypass roads. One of those roads was nearby my land and resulted in thecomplete isolation of Jbara village. In order to reach my land and take care of it, I have tocross the bypass road. This has caused a lot of troubles for me. Not only this, but from timeto time the Israeli soldiers issue an order preventing Palestinians from walking on that roador crossing it. This resulted in me being away from it during 2002 and 2003. As it is locatedon the border of al-Tyba village inside the green line, I went in the company of the olivepicking season and found around 50-70 persons there from al-Tyba village picking theolives.

After long deliberations, I could only take one percent of the crop. The loss of this landmeans that I lost all the land I have. This makes me a refugee in my own land and in myhomeland. All the work I have done during the last ten years, and the money I invested in it,has gone and I will not be able to bequeath it to my children and grandchildren. This hasdepressed me and also frustrated my children. It is worth noting that the Israeli occupationsoldiers intentionally close that road at the beginning of the agricultural season with thepretext that they are defending the Palestinian farmers from the attacks by settlers.

Signature: Muhammad 'Abd-al-Mun'em Yousef al-Tawil

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 1755/2004
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 6 April 2004
  • Name: Muhammad 'Abd-al-Mun'em Yousef al-Tawil
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