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Affidavit No. 5032/2009

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, Munir Zeid „Isa Froukh, of Palestinian nationality, holder of ID No. 999841943, born on 16 July 1985, a worker and a resident of the Ras al-„Aroud area, Sa‟ir town, Hebron governorate, would like to declare the following:

For several months, I have been suffering from testicular varicose veins, shortness of breath and an ulcer in the stomach. I have not been able to work due to my illness. About a month ago, I had an operation to treat the testicular varicose veins at the al-Mizan Hospital in the city of Hebron.

At around 3:00 am on Tuesday, 21 July 2009, Israeli army forces raided my house and arrested me. Soldiers tied my hands behind my back with plastic handcuffs, blindfolded me, and put me into a military jeep, which transported me to the Gush „Etzion Detention Camp in the area between the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron.
At around 5:00 am, I arrived at the detention camp. I was forced to get out and stand in a yard. Soldiers asked me my name. I also heard them ask other detainees their names. I realised that Hamed Jaradat (about 22-years-old) and his brother „Ahd (about 18-years-old), both from the town of Sa‟ir, were present in the same yard. I understood that they had been arrested the same night.

Later on, I was taken to a room. A military physician removed my blindfold, cut the plastic handcuffs off my wrists, and requested that I fill out a medical form. On that form, I stated that I had had a surgical operation and that I suffered from other diseases. Having diagnosed me, the physician also examined the place where I had the surgery. After this, a soldier handcuffed and blindfolded me again.

I remained standing in the room where the physician had seen me for about two hours or more. Meanwhile, I heard Hamed Jaradat screaming. An interrogator was also yelling at him to talk. I realised that Hamed was being beaten. I estimated that Hamed and his brother were not far from me. They were probably in a room nearby. I also heard an interrogator address Hamed, stating that his brother and I had confessed and that he (Hamed) had to do the same.

About two hours later, three persons (whom I estimated were interrogators) entered the room where I was held. I could not see their faces because I was blindfolded.

“Munir! You will have five minutes to tell us how many stones you threw and how many times you did, or I will screw you.” An interrogator told me. Five minutes later, an interrogator came in and asked what I would say. I replied that I had not thrown stones. As he talked to me, I felt that he was aggressive and I expected that he would beat me. I requested that he not beat me because I had had a surgical operation in the stomach. He lifted up my shirt and inspected the place where the surgery had been conducted. Suddenly, he punched me in the face and kicked me with his foot on the bottom of my stomach. I felt severe pain and fell on the ground.

“I have had an operation. Don‟t beat me.” I screamed.
The interrogator grabbed me by my clothes and forced me to rise.
“You cry like girls. I have seen many people like you.” He said.
He continued to punch and kick me, hitting my body against the wall. From time to time, I fell on the ground, but he forced me to stand and continued to beat me. I felt that blows were many and fast. I realised that more than one person was beating me at the same time. I was beaten at intervals; those persons would beat me for some time and then come back to me again in the same manner (kicks, punches and pushes-to-the wall). As I was being beaten, I fell on the ground dozens of times. I screamed more and more in intense pain. During that time, the interrogators demanded that I confess that I had thrown stones and say who else did it. I continually insisted that I had neither thrown stones nor known the persons who did. Still, the interrogators continued to beat me and told me they would not stop unless I confessed.

“If you want me to confess that I had thrown stones, I will do so. But I request that you stop beating me.” I said two hours after interrogators had started to beat me. They were not convinced, however, and continued to beat me for another half an hour and in the same way. At the end, I fell on the ground, exhausted and motionless. I suffered from pain in all parts of my body and could not get up. The interrogators ordered me to stand, but I could not. Then, two interrogators dragged me by my arms for a short distance and sat me on a chair.

Later, a person removed my blindfold and cut the plastic handcuffs off my wrists. I found myself sitting before a police interrogator, who was using a tape recorder to record my statements. He inquired whether I had thrown stones, but I denied it. I told him I had been severely beaten during interrogation. Under torture, I was forced to tell the interrogators that I would record any confessions they wanted. The police officer told me to forget what I had said to interrogators and asked whether I had thrown stones or not. I denied that I had.

“There are confessions about you by other persons.” The police interrogator said, but I denied that too.
The police officer questioned me for only ten minutes. Then, a person who was in a civil uniform led me to a room, where he took my ten fingerprints as well as several photographs of me. Along with Hamed and „Ahd, a white Skoda transported me to the detention camp cells, which were approximately 500 metres away from the interrogation section. Hamed and I and were forced into a room, where another three or four detainees were held. As soon as I entered the room, I fell asleep. I was exhausted and unable to move. Over the next two days, I slept in the same room for most of the time. Thereafter, I was relocated to another room, where a person from the city of Hebron was being detained. I do not remember that person‟s name.

Around midday on Friday, 24 July 2009, my health deteriorated further. I started to suffer from severe pain and shortness of breath and vomited on several occasions. I also suffered pain in the place of the operation I had had as well as in the testicles and stomach. Furthermore, I excreted blood, became motionless and my sight deteriorated greatly.

The other inmate informed the jailer about my condition. The detainees‟ representative also requested that the detention camp‟s administrator send me to the hospital. To achieve this, the detainees refused to eat their breakfast, exerting pressure on the detention camp‟s administrator to transport me to hospital. Half an hour later, an officer intervened and spoke to the detainees. He promised to send me to the hospital, and asked the detainees to eat their breakfast. Half an hour later, three soldiers carried me to a military jeep with my hands and feet shackled. I was taken to the Hadassah „Ein Karem Hospital in the city of Jerusalem. There, I was subjected to various medical checks and given pain relievers. It also appeared that I had sustained contusions throughout my body. I stayed at the hospital until midnight. The doctors gave me a prescription for the treatment of infections I was suffering from.

Later, I was brought back to the detention camp. At this time, I presented the prescription to the soldiers who were accompanying me. I waited for them to bring me the medicine, but they never did. In the detention camp, I asked the jailer about the medicine. He said that it would be fetched the next day and gave me a pain reliever.
On Sunday, 26 July 2009, an advocate from the Palestinian Prisoners‟ Club visited me. After seeing my condition, she requested that the detention camp‟s administrator bring the medicine for me. Although her request was denied, the advocate managed to bring forward the date of my trial session.

On Tuesday, 28 July 2009, I was transported to the military court in the „Ofar Detention and Interrogation Centre near Ramallah. Despite being in such poor health, I had to wait three hours in the vehicle that transported me before I entered the courtroom. Having reviewed reports on my health, and based on the advocate‟s argument, the judge decided to release me on bail (ILS 2,000) pending my trial session. After the court session, I was brought back to the Kfar „Etzion detention camp, where I stayed overnight.

In the afternoon of Wednesday, 29 July 2009, I was released after my family had paid the bail. An ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society transported me to the al-Ahli Hospital in the city of Hebron, where I underwent intensive medical treatment. I was supposed to be under medical attention at the hospital, but my family requested that I be treated at home and to report to hospital over the next days.

Since the day I was released, I have been reporting to the hospital on a daily basis. A doctor told me that an operation might be necessary after my health stabilises. Now, I take four kinds of medicines and pain relievers. I still suffer from pain in my nose, head, testicles, stomach, and in the place where I had the first surgery. I also cannot sleep well or move freely.

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 5032/2009
  • Field researcher: Hisham Sharabati
  • Affidavit Date: 3 August 2009
  • Name: Munir Zeid „Isa Froukh
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