Affidavit No. 2222/2005

Sworn Statement

After having been warned to tell the truth and nothing but the truth or else I shall be subjected to penal action, I the undersigned, Ahmad Sa’id ‘Abd-al-Khaleq, holder of I.D. # 978860989, born on 21 July 1974, a farmer and a resident of Nazlet ‘Isa, Toulkarem Governorate, would like to declare the following:

I live in Nazlet ‘Isa, Toulkarem governorate. Nazlet ‘Isa is a village whose economy depends on agriculture. I am a farmer and so are all the members of my family. With the outbreak of the al-Aqsa intifada on 28 September 2000, our life worsened, day by day, as a result of the collective punishment practices used by the Israeli occupation authorities with the hopes of ending the intifada. Under the pretext of bringing security to Israel, the occupation authorities besieged the Palestinian territories, directly impacting Nazlet ‘Isa, being a border village with Baga al-Gharbiyya, a village inside the Green Line.

The worst punishment imposed on the village was the building of what is known as the ‘Separation and Annexation Wall’, which cut us off from the borders of Israel. The construction of the Wall started on 20 August 2003 and was completed on 20 February 2004. The Wall annexed around 600 dunums of Nazlet ‘Isa’s agricultural and fertile lands, most of which is planted with olive trees.

As for me and my family, all of our land in Nazlet ‘Isa, estimated at 45 dunums, was confiscated and only three dunums were left for us on which my home and my brothers' homes are built. Because we had lost our jobs in Israel, as a result of the siege imposed on the Palestinian territories by the Israeli authorities, we lost our only source of income when the ‘Separation Wall’ cut us off from our land (45 dunums). Our lands are planted with almond and olive trees and we used to plant seasonal vegetables all year round.

After the completion of the Wall, gate No. 13 was constructed. After obtaining a special permit, we were to be allowed to pass to our lands through the gate in order to harvest the olives, almonds, and unirrigated vegetables. My family and I obtained permits to pass through the gate. The Israeli soldiers are at the gate 24 hours a day. We obtained permits on 3 September 2004, seven months after the completion of the Wall. The expiry date of these permits is 4 March 2005. We could not reach our land during the seven months before the issuance of the permits. During the validity of the permits, we were not allowed to pass through the gate except during the olive picking season, which is from 15 October 2004 until 24 December 2004. After that period we were not allowed to pass through the gate. Whenever my brothers, my father and I tried to go to our lands, we had to wait for hours, despite the validity of our permits.

The soldiers at the gate prevented us from reaching our lands to take care of it, cultivate it, spray insecticides and trim the trees. During these months we were not able to harvest the green almonds, which is an important harvest for us. The green almond season provides significant financial benefits on which we live for several months. During the valid period (six months) of the permits, we were only allowed to pass freely through the gate to our land for two months. This followed the seven month period, during which the Wall was being constructed, when we were unable to reach our lands altogether.

When we reached our land after obtaining the permits, we found that the sheep had eaten the olive trees and the grass was approximately one and a half metres high. This situation was dangerous for our land, since a fire could break out. Though we have worked hard to rehabilitate our land, it is to no avail since we are generally restricted from going to our land by the Israeli soldiers. This means that the land will become arid and not good for cultivation.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, 22 March 2005
Signature: Ahmad Sa’id ‘Abd-al-Khaleq

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2222/2005
  • Field researcher: Manaf Abbas
  • Affidavit Date: 22 March 2005
  • Name: Ahmad Sa’id ‘Abd-al-Khaleq
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