Affidavit No. 2605/2005

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, 'Abd-al-Ghani 'Abd-al-Wadoud 'Abd-al-Hakim Abu-Turki, Tel.: 2226306, holder of ID # 934146440, born on 20 March 1965, a taxi driver and a resident of al-Fahs area, Hebron Governorate, would like to declare the following:

At approximately 1:40 am on 29 September 2005, while I was sleeping at home with my family which consists of 9 members, I was awoken by a knocking on the front door. When I opened the door of our bedroom, I saw a number of Israeli soldiers inside our home. They were aiming their guns towards me and said that they want to search our home. They first inspected me and wanted to enter our bedroom before my wife could change out of her night gown. I refused to let them enter and stood at the door for several seconds until she put on her clothes. Then the soldiers pushed inside the room and started searching it. They searched the whole house, which has two floors. During the search, they pulled down the shutters of the windows, tore the couches (seven couches), broke the refrigerator, and dismantled its parts. Moreover, they broke items in our home such as five clay pots and a vacuum cleaner.

One of the soldiers took the scarf off the head of my 17-year-old daughter Wala' and threw it on the ground, which made her cry. After three hours of searching, one of the soldiers brought a number of bullets, which he said they had found in the house, and a banner on which was written, “There is no god but God and Muhammad is the Messenger of God”. The Israeli soldier asked me about the bullets and I told him that these bullets were collected by my children to sell by kilos. They asked me to get out the weapons and I told them that I do not have weapons. They ordered me to accompany them. I followed them under the threat of arms to an area about 100 metres away from my home.

We came to a big military vehicle which they use to transport the soldiers and they ordered me to lie on my back on the ground under the car. Then I heard a soldier saying in Hebrew, which I understand a little, to start the car. When I heard the motor of the car, I tried to get away from underneath the car. The soldiers started beating me and told me to stay under the car. I fought with them and during the fight two soldiers fell down on the ground. At that point, a number of soldiers, approximately ten, started beating me until I lost consciousness.

They took me home and started to interrogate me again, and one of them threatened to fire at me. Then they brought my son 'Ala (18 years) and asked him to bring the weapons hidden in our home. He told them that he did not know about the existence of any weapons inside our home. They also threatened to shoot him if he did not tell them. The whole time they were speaking in weak Arabic and sometimes in Hebrew, which we do not understand. After around 4:30 am, the soldiers left and took both mine and 'Ala's ID cards.

After they left, my wife, Amal Jamil Abu-Turk (34 years) and I went to Hebron Government Hospital, which is around five kilometres away from our home. The

check-up showed bruises all over my body as a result of the beating I was subjected to by the soldiers, and my wife was suffering from chest pains due to fear. We returned home at approximately 10 am and my children told me that the Israeli soldiers came back at around 7 am and returned the ID cards they had previously taken.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 5 October 2005
Signature: 'Abd-al-Ghani Abu-Turki

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2605/2005
  • Field researcher: Zahi Jaradat
  • Affidavit Date: 5 October 2005
  • Name: 'Abd-al-Ghani Abu-Turki
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