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Affidavit No. 2146/2005

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, Da'oud Mahmoud Salman Abu-Haniya, holderof ID # 995283439, born on 24 August 1956, an unemployed and ill resident of al-Baq'a/Sour Baher, Jerusalem Governorate, would like to declare the following:

The area where I live is called al-Baq'a, located only three kilometres to the southeast fromthe centre of Sour Baher. I live in a house with my wife, and our five girls and two boys; theeldest is 25 years old, and the youngest is a girl of 11 years. We have been living in thathouse for 50 years, where I lived with my father. In 1979, I married a woman holding blue ID(Jerusalem ID) from Sour Baher, which is located very near to the villages at the outskirts ofBethlehem, such as al-Khas village from the north and Dar Salah village from the east. Butour life and relations are within Sour Baher, although I hold the West Bank ID.

Before the army started bulldozing the land for the construction of the Separation Wall, ayear ago, there was a road connecting the area where we live with Sour Baher, and therewere no problems of communication. After bulldozing the land, the road to Sour Baher wascut off. We are now are obliged to walk on foot on a rough road in summer and muddy roadin winter if we want to go to Sour Baher, in addition to the restriction on our movement thatthe Israeli army imposed on us in case we want to come or go from Sour Baher.

The Israeli army is present day and night, and prevents any movement of the citizenstowards the north or towards Sour Baher. I remember that a year ago, my family could notattend the celebration of my son's engagement to a girl from Sour Baher where it took place,because the Israeli army prevented us from going there. Since the bulldozing for theSeparation Wall began, we started to face difficulties and we have to go to Bethlehem or BeitSahour to manage our life and do our shopping. I also have to walk around a kilometre inorder to reach a place where cars going towards Bethlehem or Beit Sahour pass by.

Moreover, the army prevents cars from approaching the area where we live. My children goto a school in Dar Salah village, which is one and a half kilometre from our home. Our sociallife has been adversely affected and we became isolated. For example, I have a daughtermarried to a man from Sour Baher, and she lives there and if they want to visit us, they haveto go to Bethlehem and then to our home. This takes time and effort, while before the Wallwas built this would not take more than few minutes. It is worth noting that our neighbourshave deserted their homes and moved to Sour Baher. Our life with the Wall has becomevery difficult, and now that we are outside the Sour Baher area, we have been deprived allthe social aspects of life.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 10 February 2005.
Signature: Da'oud Mahmoud Salman Abu-Haniya

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2146/2005
  • Field researcher: Omar Jubran
  • Affidavit Date: 10 February 2005
  • Name: Da'oud Mahmoud Salman Abu-Haniya
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