Affidavit No. 2695/2005

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, Ghassan Mahmoud Theeb Subuh, holderof ID # 930598941, born on 17 July 1973, a teacher and a resident of the South Quarter,Toulkarem Governorate, would like to declare the following:

On 24 August 2003, while I was at my brother 'Adnan’s Cassette Shop located in Paris Street in the Toulkarem city center, I was surprised when an Israeli squad wearing civil uniform broke into the shop. I was arrested and taken to the Israeli Liaison headquarters located west of Toulkarem where Sharon, an Israeli captain who is in charge of the Toulkarem area, detained me. I remained in there for half an hour, whilst photographs were taken of me. I was treated well, to a certain extent, by the Israeli soldiers. At around 3:00 pm, the soldiers blind-folded my eyes, cuffed my hands, put me in a jeep and took me to a detention center in the Kadumim settlement near Toulkarem.

As soon as I reached the detention center, the soldiers told me that I had been put under administrative detention for six months, without giving me any reasons. I stayed in the Kadumim detention center for three days without any interrogation. After that, I was transferred to the 'Ofar detention center near Ramallah. There an administrative ruling against me, without any investigation, was issued by an Israeli court located in the detention center. I stayed in the 'Ofar detention center for four days and was then transferred to the Naqab desert detention center where I also stayed for three days. After that, I was transferred to the Salem detention camp west of Jenin for interrogation. In Salem, I stayed for 7 days without any investigation.

As a result of these unjustified transfers from one detention center to another, I became very sick and my temperature rose to 41 degrees Celsius. I was in a dangerous state. The only treatment I received from doctors was Acamol tablets. This critical situation continued for 20 days. Again I was transferred to the Naqab detention center and my health situation deteriorated. My worsening situation, as well as pressure from the other detainees, forced the Israeli soldiers to take me to the Soroka Hospital in an Israeli army ambulance. I lost consciousness as a result of the high fever.

I stayed in the hospital while I was in a partial state of coma. I lost about 19 kg. After several tests, it was shown that the contaminated water of one of the detention centers caused my sickness. I spent six months in the Naqab detention center and after I finished the term (six months), another term was added. This second period was reduced to four months because the evidence against me was weak. I finished the second period, but my detention was renewed twice, each renewal lasting three months. To sum it all up, I have been in administrative detention for 16 months without knowing the reasons why and without any justifications.

I was released on 20 December 2004, and returned back to Toulkarem to my normal life. I have a degree in Theater and Direction from Holland. Three days after my release, I

returned to work in the Qindil House for Culture and Arts, a civil society organization based in Toulkarem and funded by European countries interested in culture and arts. During my work with this organization, I traveled from one place to another, and used to cross the Israeli barriers. The soldiers used to verify my ID card but I did not face any problems.

On 12 July 2005, I left Toulkarem in the morning, heading toward Allenby Bridge in Jericho and from there to Amman, and then to France in order to participate in a training course for work. At the Bridge, I submitted my documents including my visa to France. I was surprised when the Israeli soldier who checked my passport asked me to wait. After about 20 minutes, an Israeli intelligence officer came, gave me my Palestinian passport and told me to go back to Toulkarem claiming that I was prohibited from traveling. I was shocked and I tried to talk with that officer but he absolutely refused to talk to me. I returned back to Toulkarem. Due to that prohibition, the Israeli occupation deprived me of my right to develop myself by receiving training courses in my specialization, which is rare in the West Bank.

I do not know what to do, I am at a loss. The continuation of this situation will adversely affect my practical and professional life, especially as the field of my specialization continuously needs follow-ups and updating, in addition to participation in relevant training courses. For this reason, I call upon Al-Haq to immediately and rapidly intervene to find a solution for this problem. I also call upon Al-Haq to address all concerned law organizations to intervene in order to enable me to travel. I believe that banning me from travel is not justified.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 6 December 2005
Signature: Ghassan Subuh
Name not withheld
Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2695/2005
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 6 December 2005
  • Name: Ghassan Subuh
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