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Affidavit No. 2736/2005

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, Muhsen Mas’oud Hasan Khatib, holder of ID # 905016341, bornon 17 September 1977, a farmer and a resident of the Jayyous, Qalqiliya Governorate, wouldlike to declare the following:

We own a plot of land estimated at 13 dunums and planted with different types of trees, particularly citrus trees, as well as vegetables. We have been cultivating this land for over ten years. The land is located three kilometres west of our village. This land is the main source of livelihood for our families which consist of 29 persons. We need constant access to our land in order to take care of it and to pick the crops. But the situation changed after the construction of the Separation Wall around Qalqiliya city and Tulkarem in 2003 by the Israeli occupying authorities.

The Wall has isolated many villages including our village. The Wall is a fence approximately six metres high and 12 metres wide with two gates, one on the west side and the other to the north. Therefore, we can only go to our land, located behind the Wall, through the gates which are controlled by the occupying authorities. They control the opening and closing times of these gates, in addition to who passes through them. We have to obtain permits from the occupying forces, which is not an easy process.

Many of my family members have not been able to obtain permits and they have always been denied permits due to security reasons. Nevertheless, those who have obtained permits are also subjected to delays of several hours while entering or exiting our village through the gates, and are subjected to curses and inspection as well. All these actions are practiced in order to humiliate us for no reason. This is all in addition to the long hours we spend at the gate waiting for the soldiers to open them, despite the fact that the permits state that the opening hours are from five in the morning until five in the evening. But the soldiers do not abide by these hours and they open and close the gates whenever they like.

In December 2005, the Israeli soldiers held me at the west gate for approximately two hours upon entering or exiting, on a daily basis, for no reason except to humiliate me. For example, on 15 December 2005 at around 7 am, I reached the west gate on the way to my land, and one of the soldiers asked me to take off my jacket, which I did. He then asked me to take off the rest of my clothes, but I refused because I felt that the soldier was trying to humiliate me since he was laughing at me. When I refused to take off my clothes, the soldier called other Israeli soldiers who came to the gate within half an hour. A number of soldiers including intelligence officers came close to me and told me literally that I have to do whatever the Israeli soldiers order me to do without any objection or they would withdraw my permit. On that day, I was held for four hours before I was allowed to pass.

It is worth noting that I am not the only citizen subjected to such sufferings. All citizens who pass through this gate experience the same sufferings whether they are men, women or children. Therefore, I call upon all institutions and members and professionals to put pressure on the Israeli occupying authorities to remove these gates and the Separation Wall which has swallowed our land, or to at least stop the suffering resulting from humiliation, curses and delays to which we are subjected on a daily basis while passing through these gates on our way to and from our lands. The west gate number is 943.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 22 December 2005
Signature: Muhsen Mas’oud Hasan

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2736/2005
  • Field researcher: Yousef Qawareiq
  • Affidavit Date: 22 December 2005
  • Name: Muhsen Mas’oud Hasan
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