Affidavit No. 2624/2005

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, Iyad Mousa 'Abed Daraghma, holderof ID # 907241494, born on 14 July 1982, a taxi driver and a resident of al-Lubanal-Sharqiyya, Nablus Governorate, would like to declare the following:

At approximately 7:30 am, on 17 October 2005, I was driving seven passengers in my car and heading towards Qalandiya. As I was driving on the main street near Burqa village in the Ramallah governorate, we saw an Israeli flying checkpoint positioned on the main road, which surprised us. I stopped my car and after a few minutes the soldiers signaled me to proceed towards them. At the same time, many cars came and stopped behind my car. When I reached the soldiers, one of them told me to turn back because the area was closed and we were not allowed to drive through it.

I had no option but to return to my village, al-Luban. As I began to return, however, I looked in the rear view mirror and noticed that there were no other cars returning like I was. I thought that perhaps the prohibition was over and the soldiers had allowed the cars which were behind me to pass, or that they had removed the checkpoint. I tried to go back again but when I had driven around 20 meters, I met an Israeli patrol coming in the opposite direction, which began to indicate with its patrol lights for me to stop.

One of the soldiers told me through a megaphone to stop on the right side. I stopped my car as they told me. Four soldiers got out of their jeep and asked me to get out of my car. One of them started to inspect my papers and the papers of the car while another took off his metal helmet and started beating me with his hands and helmet on my face and head. At that moment, another taxi arrived at the same place and the soldiers stopped it and did to the driver what they were doing to me. While the soldier was beating us, he was asking us about our destinations. We told him that we were proceeding towards Qalandiya. He told us that the area was closed and that we were not allowed to drive through it, whilst at the same time he continued to beat us. The beatings continued for seven to ten minutes. After that he told us not to use the road and if we did, he would “break” our cars.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 21 October 2005
Signature: Iyad Mousa

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2624/2005
  • Field researcher: Yousef Qawareiq
  • Affidavit Date: 21 October 2005
  • Name: Iyad Mousa
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