Affidavit No. 2314/2005

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, Muhammad Sa'id Muhammad Wahdan, holder of ID # 938767332, born 23 March 1960, a driver and resident of Balata Camp, Nablus Governorate, would like to declare the following:

At 11:30 am, 19 April 2005, my children Sa'id (14), 'Isam (10), As'ad (9) and Rasha (12) and I reached the Beit Iba Israeli barrier to go to our second home located in Deir Sharaf village. As we reached the barrier, there was nobody at that barrier except for two male and female soldiers. We proceeded towards the soldiers and gave them my ID card. The female soldier took my ID card, looked at it, and told me, “You are from Balata camp and you are not allowed to pass through the barrier because you people carry out suicide bombings inside Israel”. I asked her why she was talking in that manner with me, adding that those are my children and we have no business with what she was talking about. Talk between us became more serious, and as a result the soldier told us to go back, although I told her that my children live in Deir Sharaf and that they passed through the barrier a few days ago. But she insisted that we return.

The discussion became more intense and one of the officers came towards us. He was wearing black eyeglasses, approximately 25 years old, brown-skinned, and had two emblems on his shoulder, which meant that he was an officer. I talked to him about my children, explained that they wanted to go to their home in Deir Sharaf. But the officer insisted on our return back and so the argument between us became more heated. I told him that my children have no place to go except their home in Deir Sharaf, but he did not pay attention to what I was saying, and pushed me backward while my children were shouting. The soldiers told me to turn back to put the cuffs on my wrists, but I refused and left with my children, although the officer was still talking to me.

I walked about 50 metres with my children to the east, where my son Rami works in a carpentry workshop beside the barrier. I was in a state of tense anger, wondering what I could do so my children could pass the barrier. Meanwhile, the same Israeli officer in an Israeli patrol car, followed by another patrol car, came to where I was standing. The officer told me to approach the jeep in order to arrest me, but I refused. Then he aimed his weapon at me from a close distance. I was not scared while the soldier fired two bullets towards the ground directly in front of me. My children started to shout while my son Rami (16) intervened by talking with the officer, asking him not to shoot at me and telling him that I supported a family of seven. But the officer did not care and he shot another two bullets from a short distance (less than two metres), which hit my right leg, and I fell on the ground, bleeding. The officer and the soldiers (around ten) prevented anybody from approaching me while I was shouting and crying. I got up and walked for a short distance while my son Rami left to call an ambulance. After five minutes, an ambulance arrived and I was taken to Rafidiya Hospital, where I received surgery and two plastic bullets were taken from my leg. I finally would like to add that my talk with the female soldier and the officer was in Hebrew.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 19 April 2005
Signature: Muhammad Wahdan

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2314/2005
  • Field researcher: Yousef Qawareiq
  • Affidavit Date: 19 April 2005
  • Name: Muhammad Wahdan
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