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Affidavit No. 5464/2010

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, „Izz-al-Din Muhammad „Asfour Zubeidiyya, of Palestinian nationality, holder of ID No. 96956271, born on 26 March 1963, Director of PLC Member „Omar „Abd-al-Razeq‟s Office, and a resident of the Salfit city, Salfit governorate, would like to declare the following:

On 20 May 2010, I was asked to report to the Preventive Security agency of the Salfit Directorate at 9:00 am. Responding to their request on 22 May 2010 at 9:00 am, I went to the Preventive Security directorate in Salfit. I waited for the interview for almost five hours, during which time I was detained along with a couple of other people. At around 2:00 pm on that day, I entered the interrogation room and was asked about policies that Hamas intends to implement during the upcoming local elections. However, I did not have any information about this. The interrogation lasted for several minutes. Thereafter, the interrogator told me to get out to the outer yard and wait there. Almost two hours later, I was called to be interrogated once again. Another security officer questioned me about the same topic.

“In your capacity as a significant leader in Hamas movement, what is Hamas‟ electoral strategy in the upcoming elections?” he asked me.

I answered that Hamas‟ strategy was well known in the press and through media outlets. Everyone knows what their strategy is. However, I denied that I was a significant leader in the Hamas movement. There is not even one person who confessed to any Palestinian or Israeli agencies that I was a member of Hamas or that I was assigned to carry out an activity on behalf of Hamas. Neither did I recruit anyone to work for the benefit of the movement. At the end of the interrogation, the security officer interrogating me demanded that I wait in the yard outside. Due to my reply, namely that I denied being affiliated with the Hamas movement, the officer said he would interrogate and detain me every day.

I have been going to the Preventive Security offices everyday ever since in response to their daily requests that I come in to be interrogated. The routine has been that after I present my ID card, they hold me in the yard outside the Preventive Security offices from 9:00 am until around 8:00 pm. However, they do not ask me any questions or interrogate me. My daily business is being disrupted just for the sake of punishing me.
I should note that in 2008 I was also summoned once a week and detained at the Preventive Security offices from 9:00 am until about 7:00 pm without being interrogated. That incident lasted for approximately four months.

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 5464/2010
  • Field researcher: Hadeel Haneti
  • Affidavit Date: 30 May 2010
  • Name: „Izz-al-Din Muhammad „Asfour Zubeidiyya
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