Affidavit No. 2259/2005

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, Saber Husein ‘Isa al-Hrini, holder of I.D. # 99024403, born on 15 June 1951, head of a village council and a resident of Twana – Yatta, Hebron Governorate,would like to declare the following:

I am the head of the joint village council for three Khirbets: Khirbet Twana, Khirbet al-Touba and Khirbet al-Mufqara. These small villages belong to Yatta town and are located to the east of it, approximately 10-12 kilometres away. The population of the three Khirbets is approximately 750 persons. In the vicinity of these three Khirbets, there are several settlements with the nearest being the Ma’oun settlement and the farm that belongs to it, in addition to an outpost known as Avi Jayel. The settlers attack the citizens of these three Khirbets from time to time. Following the repeated settler attacks against the villagers, especially against the co-ed school located in Khirbet Twana, a team of foreign volunteers began living continuously in Khirbet Twana.

On Tuesday 22 March 2005, one of the citizens, Mufdhi Ahmad Rib’i, approximately 40 years old, told me that he found poison spread in the area near the Ma’oun settlement. I hurried to that place and found coloured grains. Immediately, I called many sides including the Israeli police and the Israeli Protectors of Nature and asked them to come to the place where I found the colored grains. In the evening, representatives of the Israeli Protectors of Nature and various humanitarian organizations, as well as a number of farmers came to the place. Al-Ribi’, al-Amour and Abu Qbeita families (from Yatta town ), who are the owners of the land, were also there.

During the search process, we and the Israeli Protectors of Nature found three deer poisoned and dead, as well as a squirrel that died after it ate from the meat of one of the deer. We also found a dead ewe owned by Mufdhi Ahmad Rib’i. 16 sheep owned by Mahmoud Husein Hamamda (50 years) had symptoms of poisoning. The citizens submitted a complaint against the settlers to the Israeli police. The citizens told the police that they had seen the settlers moving in the area on the evening of Monday 21 March. The village council then isolated the area and prevented grazing in it, even though this area is around 50 dunums and is considered to be the best area for grazing and agriculture.

Because we continuously followed up with the Israeli Protectors of Nature, they organized a volunteer day, which included more than 100 Israeli and foreign volunteers, in order to clear the fields of the grains. They collected as many of the grains, spread in the fields by the settlers, as they could. Grazing in these lands stopped out of fear that there could still be grains hidden under the grass, causing new casualties among the animals. We sent samples of these grains to Ta’ayoush, the Israeli Co-existence Organization, for testing. The preliminary results indicated that 30 grams of the substance is sufficient for killing a sheep or a deer instantly and a quantity of less than 30 grams of this substance takes a week to 2 weeks to kill. In the meantime, people must not eat the meat or the milk of the animal. Moreover, the Israeli Protectors of Nature took some of the dead sheep and deer for testing and autopsies. So far we have not received their report, although they promised us that they would give us a copy. There is a preliminary agreement between us (the village council) and the volunteers to come back to the land on Saturday 2 April 2005 to further clean these poisonous grains from the fields.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, 24 March 2005
Signature: Saber Husein al-Hrini

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2259/2005
  • Field researcher: Zahi Jaradat
  • Affidavit Date: 24 March 2005
  • Name: Saber Husein al-Hrini
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