Affidavit No. 4976/2009

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, Samer „Abd-al-Karim Ibrahim Da‟na, of Palestinian nationality, holder of ID No. 999851769, born on 1 January 1980, a car mechanic and a resident of Johar Mount, Hebron city, Hebron governorate, would like to declare the following:

At around 12:15 am on Thursday, 9 July 2009, I was present in my house. I heard some sounds around the house and walked towards the door to see what was going on. Before I reached the door, I heard someone shout out and knock with a metal tool on the door of my brother „Ayyad‟s house on the second floor. He shouted in Arabic, but with a Hebrew accent. At that time, my father, who lived with me in the same house, came out of his room and opened the door. When we went outside, I saw seven Israeli soldiers. They demanded that my father and I sit on the ground in a lane that surrounded the house. They yelled and shouted obscenities at us. The Israeli troops had already evacuated all six residents of my brother „Ayyad‟s house, including his son „Abd-al-Rahman (about 12-years-old) and daughter Ayat (about 13- years-old), and forced them to sit in the aforementioned lane.

When the soldiers also tried to enter my house, I obstructed them and requested that they allow me some time so that the women and children could prepare themselves. However, the soldiers used my request as an excuse to curse and yell at me. I spoke to a soldier in Hebrew, which I speak fluently. Although the soldier continued to shout, I managed to delay them for a while. In the meantime, the women and children left the house. Eight persons live in my house, including my parents, my sister Ikram, my wife, and my three children. Sara is my eldest child (four-years-old). My niece Fayza Fayez Da‟na (about 12-years-old), who was visiting my family, also left the house. After the house was evacuated, I asked the soldier to allow me back into the house to take my wife‟s jewellery, (approximately 200 grams of gold) as well as my wallet.

“Don‟t worry. You will lose nothing.” The soldier replied and ordered me to sit in the lane.
All 15 members of the family were forced to stay outside of our houses. After forcing us out, a solider entered my house. Other soldiers also searched my brother „Ayyad‟s house. The little girls requested that they go to the toilet, but a soldier refused to allow them. After I insisted, a female soldier searched the girls and accompanied them to the toilet. However, the male members of the family were only permitted to relieve themselves on the street. While we were detained, the soldiers demanded that we did not talk to one another.

Two hours later, my daughter Salsabil felt cold. She was five-months-old. We asked if we could bring a blanket to cover her, but soldiers rejected our request. About 15 minutes later, a soldier threw a blanket at us from my brother „Ayyad‟s house. As we were detained outside, I saw soldiers enter „Ayyad‟s house, carrying ladders and sledge hammers. We also heard the sound of banging inside the house.

Our families were detained for almost five hours. Later, soldiers began to withdraw gradually from the house. As they were leaving, I realised that dozens of soldiers had been dispersed inside and around our homes.
On their way out, some soldiers demanded that my brother „Ayyad stand up. They tied his hands behind his back with plastic handcuffs, blindfolded him with a piece of cloth, and took him out to the main street. „Ayyad is about 48 years of age.

After the soldiers had left, my brother Muhammad-Akram‟s wife arrived. My brother is about 54 years old, and he, along with his family, live with us in the same house in an apartment with a separate entrance. She told us that the soldiers had searched her house for a period of almost three hours. She also told us that soldiers had detained her, along with her husband, married sons and grandchildren. My brother Muhammad-Akram‟s family is comprised of 13 members, including six children under 16 years of age. While soldiers searched their house, they were all detained on the staircase. My sister-in-law also said the soldiers had taken her husband with them.
After the Israeli troops had withdrawn from the area, we went back to our houses. We found that soldiers had damaged my brother „Ayyad‟s house. They destroyed a wall of gypsum, removed tiles from the ground as well as from a wall, and damaged a small table made of marble. Furthermore, soldiers had thrown foodstuffs on the floor, where they were mixed together, and they also tampered with all of the contents of the house.

In my house, soldiers had also caused damage to the contents of the house, including the cupboard doors and a number of drawers. Shortly afterwards, my wife realised that her jewellery, which had been placed on top of a cupboard in our bedroom, had disappeared. My wallet, which was in my trousers in our bedroom, was missing as well. In the wallet, I had had my ID card, driver‟s licence, some papers, my magnetic card from the District Coordination Office (necessary to obtain permits to enter Israel) and a sum of 450 – 500 NIS in the denomination of 100 and 50 banknotes. Around the house, soldiers had also damaged some plant beds. Moreover, they had damaged sewer pipelines in the basement.

My nephew, Muhammad-Akram‟s son, „Ahed (about 16-years-old), said that an officer had forced him into a room and questioned him for almost 15 minutes about whether there were weapons in the house. The soldier then left the room, turning off the lights as he went out. Later, four soldiers entered the room where „Ahed was detained, and severely beat him, leaving him with bruises and contusions all over his body and on his head as well. Consequently, we transported him to hospital the next morning. He had x-rays taken and received medical treatment.

At around 6:30 am on the next day, my brother „Ayyad was released. He called us before he arrived home. His wife told him that she had lost a sum of 500 NIS from her purse. Before „Ayyad returned to his house, he went to the Israeli police station near the settlement of Kiryat Arba‟ and filed a complaint about the stolen money.
At about 8:00 am, I went to the Police station near Kiryat Arba‟ to file a complaint against the theft. After waiting almost 45 minutes, I was allowed inside. I waited for another 15 minutes inside the police station. After I reported that my belongings had been stolen, the police interrogator requested that I verify that the objects had been stolen. I told him I would call my wife to inquire whether our belongings had been located. My wife confirmed that she had not found them. Therefore, I lodged a complaint, in which I accused the Israeli soldiers of stealing my possessions.

To this day the Israeli army continues to hold my brother, Muhammad-Akram, in detention at Kfar „Etzion Detention Centre.

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 4976/2009
  • Field researcher: Hisham Sharabati
  • Affidavit Date: 11 July 2009
  • Name: Samer „Abd-al-Karim Ibrahim Da‟na
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