Affidavit No. 2684/2005

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 Maher” Fahed Taleb al-Karaki, holder of ID # 944650753, born on 1 January 1959, a school employeeand a resident of Qaytoun, Hebron Governorate, would like to declare the follow-ing:

I am an employee at the Ibrahimiyya school in the Old City of Hebron. I began working in the Ibrahimiyya school at the beginning of this academic year. On 31 August 2005, an inspection room was erected beside the school in order to inspect the students who come to school. On 19 November 2005, the Israeli soldiers asked the students and teachers to pass through this room to be inspected by an electronic inspection machine. At first, all the students and teachers rejected the decision and as a result the school closed from 19 November until 24 November, until it was forced upon all of the students and teachers to pass through the room and be subjected to inspection.

On Wednesday 23 November 2005, while the students were protesting against the inspection process, many Israeli military officials came. I began to talk with one of them partially in Hebrew, which I am 70% fluent in, and partially in Arabic because the official also spoke Arabic. By talking with this official, I learned that a military order was issued requiring everyone to pass through this room with the exception of pregnant women and persons who have heart diseases or hold special medical documents. If this system of inspection takes place, it will impede the students and the teachers, especially in the morning hours, and the school will suffer from the late arrival of students to school.

I passed through that room and saw the electronic inspection machine, which is similar to the machine used at the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque and in several other places. The difference here is that this machine is set up in a room which has an entrance and an exit, and the doors are closed whilst all the students are inside this room. This is stressful for female students and female teachers and I do not know if this type of inspection may have side effects, other than the psychological ones, on those who pass through it.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 26 November 2005
Signature: “Muhammad Maher” al-Karaki

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2684/2005
  • Field researcher: Zahi Jaradat
  • Affidavit Date: 26 November 2005
  • Name: “Muhammad Maher” al-Karaki
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