Affidavit No. 2681/2005

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, Marwan Thaher Muhammad 'Abahra, holder of ID # 935655894, born on 20 February 1967, an employee and resident of al-Yamoun, Jenin Governorate, would like to declare the following:

At approximately 12:30 pm on Thursday, 17 November 2005, I was driving back from Jenin to al-Yamoun on my motorcycle. Driving directly in front of me was a white Mercedes with Palestinian registration plates. Driving towards us was another Mercedes similar to the one in front on me, and it flashed its lights to the car in front of me. At this moment, I passed the car in front of me because it was driving very slowly. After driving 500 metres, I stopped on the side of the road in an area called Bir al-Sa'ada to talk on my cellular to a friend of mine.

As I was talking, I heard shooting behind me. I looked back in the direction I was coming from, and saw the white Mercedes I was originally driving behind standing in the middle of the road about 40 metres away from me, and another car, a grey Polo model 2004 moving slowly in front of it. Initially I thought the Polo was moving slowly as a result of an accident with the Mercedes.

Suddenly, five people wearing black civilian clothes, black masks covering their faces, and carrying arms began shooting heavily at the Polo car. There was no more than five metres between the men and the Polo. I realized that these men were from the Israeli Special Squads. Out of fear, I began running away from the scene towards al-Yamoun. I stopped at the north entrance of al-Yamoun, and after 5 minutes, I saw the Mercedes car drive in the direction of the Salem military camp, which is located at the end of Jenin-Haifa street.

After the Mercedes left, I hurriedly returned to the site of the incident. By this point there were a number of people gathered around the Polo, which was standing in a field. Once closer to the car, I saw youths inside. They had been killed by the bullets that had penetrated the car from every side. I could not recognize the driver as he had been hit in the head, chest, and hands. The body of the other man next to him was torn apart by the bullets. I recognized him; he was my cousin Ahmad Saber 'Abahra (20 years old). From the other citizens gathered around the car I discovered that the other man was Mahmoud Jamal Zayed (also 20 years old). Both men were from al-Yamoun. After several minutes, the Red Crescent Society ambulance arrived and, with the help of the people around, we carried the two bodies to the ambulance to take them to the Jenin government hospital.

In the lead up to the incident, and throughout it, I did not notice the presence of any Israeli military forces, nor did I hear any voice calling the two youths to stop their car before shooting at them. Moreover, I did not notice any arms in the Polo car or that they fired towards the Israeli Special Squads. The Israeli officials allege, through the media, that the soldiers asked the two youths to stop but they did not. As stated before, this is not true because there was no Israeli presence in that location when I was there. The Israeli Squad members could have arrested the two youths but they assassinated them intentionally. They were buried the same day in al-Yamoun village.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 26 November 2005
Signature: Marwan 'Abahra

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2681/2005
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 26 November 2005
  • Name: Marwan 'Abahra
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