Affidavit No. 4988/2009

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, I‟tidal Subhi „Abd-al-Ghani Hamdan “Abu-Qamar”, of Palestinian nationality, holder of ID No. 926961855, born on 25 January 1961, an employee at the Ministry of National Economy, and a resident of Jabalya refugee camp, Northern Gaza governorate, would like to declare the following:

My name is I‟tidal Subhi „Abd-al-Ghani Hamdan “Abu-Qamar”. I am 48-years-old and live in Jabalya refugee camp in the governorate of Northern Gaza. I am the director of the Palestinian Legislative Council Unit at the Ministry of National Economy of the Palestinian National Authority. I am also the secretary of the Women‟s Solidarity Charitable Association, a member of Fateh Leadership Office in the Northern Gaza Region and a member of Fateh Sixth Conference, which will be held in Bethlehem on 4 August 2009.

At around 4:00 am on Sunday, 26 July 2009, my colleagues and I, including Sana‟ Sha‟th, Siham al-Nashasi and Zeinab al-Dughma, travelled to the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing Point in order to travel to the West Bank to take part in the Fateh Sixth Conference. We had fulfilled the necessary coordination with the occupying authorities in order to depart the Gaza Strip. In addition to being members of the Fateh Conference, my colleagues were leading feminists in the Fateh movement in the governorate of Khan Younes.

When we reached a checkpoint belonging to the police agency of the Hamas government on the al-Jamarek junction leading to the Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing, a number of armed police officers impeded our access and ordered us to stop the car and step down. A police officer requested that my colleagues and I present our ID cards and passports. During this time, other police officers searched the car as well as our luggage and personal belongings. The police officers then ordered us to stand beside the car.

The police officers also called someone who arrived an hour later and introduced himself as a member of the Internal Security agency. He seized our ID cards and passports and ordered us to return to our houses. He also told us that we were barred from travelling and taking part in the Fateh Sixth Conference. According to police lists we would be denied from departing the Gaza Strip and participating in the Conference. Furthermore, the officer told us to report to the Internal Security agency without stating any reasons. We returned to our homes.
At around 11:00 pm on the same day, I was served a summons to report to the Internal Security headquarters in the governorate of Northern Gaza.


Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 4988/2009
  • Field researcher: Mohammad Abu Rahmah
  • Affidavit Date: 28 July 2009
  • Name: I‟tidal Subhi „Abd-al-Ghani Hamdan “Abu-Qamar”
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