Affidavit No. 2631/2005

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, Ibrahim 'Abd-al-Rahman Muhammad Rajab, holder of ID # 990458366, born on 4 October 1962, a farmer and a resi-dent of Kufr al-Labad, Toulkarem Governorate, would like to declare the following:

On Saturday 1 October 2005, I was in my agricultural land located seven kilometres west of my village, Kufr al-Labad in the Toulkarem Governorate. At 7:00 am, I was picking olive trees on my land, which is around 30 dunums. I was surprised by three young men wearing civil uniforms, carrying weapons, and wearing yarmulkes on their heads. I realized that they were settlers. I was shocked when I saw them running toward me from the south where the Avni Havits settlement is located at four kilometres away from my land.

When the three settlers were close to me, one of them started to talk to me while the other two were aiming their weapons at me. That settler (who talked to me) was in his thirties, bald, and spoke Arabic with a heavy accent. He asked me, "What are you doing here?" and I told him that I was picking olives. At that moment, he came closer to me, held my shirt, and tore it. Then he grabbed my pants, pulled them down, and also tore them while the other two settlers stood guard beside him. The same settler said, "I don't want to see you here again."

Meanwhile, one of the other two settlers approached me and asked for my ID (in broken Arabic, too) and I gave it to him. He took it and tore it and threw it on the ground even without looking at it and asked me to leave my land by saying, “You have an hour – if we come back and find you here, we are going to kill you.” The threat was serious. The three settlers then left in the direction of the Avni Havits settlement. Out of horror and fear, I quickly returned back to my village.

The next day, I returned with two of my friends to my land. For two days, I picked my olive trees with my friends’ help. Since then I have not been able to return to my land. The settlers of Avni Havits prevent us from approaching our lands which surround that settlement. As a result, we lose our olive crops every year.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 17 October 2005
Signature: Ibrahim Rajab

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2631/2005
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 17 October 2005
  • Name: Ibrahim Rajab
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