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Affidavit No. 1886/2004

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, Husein Yousef 'Abd-al-Rahim Abu-al-Hasan, holder of ID # 956283313, born in 1925, an unemployed resident of 'Ein Nina, Jenin Governorate, would like to declare the following:

At 1:30 am Thursday, 10 June 2004, my 25-year-old son Ma'moun Abu-al-Hasan came to my home, which is located in Ein Ninah at the South entrance of Jenin near al-Jabriyat. Ma'moun is fugitive and wanted by the Israeli army due to his being an activist with the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Ma'moun sat at home and his mother made dinner for him and as he was finishing his dinner, at exactly 2:00 am, I sensed movement in our front yard. This was followed by fierce knocking at the door, accompanied by someone yelling, "Open the door, and open the door." We realised that the Israeli army came to arrest my son Ma'moun Abu-al-Hasan.

Ma'moun answered, "Yes, I am going to open." But instead, Ma'moun went to the kitchen located in the southwest direction of our home. He opened the kitchen door and went out. This door leads to a wall that separates my brother Hasan Yousef Abu-al-Hasan's home from mine. Immediately, I heard heavy gunfire, and immediately I realised that something happened to my son Ma'moun Abu-al-Hasan. My wife opened the home's eastern door where eight military soldiers, with their faces painted black, entered our home. At first, soldiers asked us to go out of our home. There were three of us at home: my wife, daughter and me. We went out to our eastern yard where soldiers asked us, in Arabic, to sit down on the ground. I told one of the soldiers who was tall, with his face painted black, and spoke fluent Arabic, that I was sick and cannot sit on the ground. He said to me, "Shut up." So I was obliged to sit on the ground and the same soldier asked me if there was anybody at home and I told him that there was nobody. He answered, "If I find anybody, even a child, I will kill him".

Five soldiers broke into the home and started to search it thoroughly. The inspection process lasted half an hour and then they went out of our home. Then I saw them heading towards the home of my son Mou'tasem Abu-al-Hasan, married with five children. His home is located close to mine to the north. The soldiers evacuated my son, his wife, and children from their home and made them sit beside us on the ground. Mou'tasem's children, the eldest being five years, were crying out of extreme fear. The soldiers broke into Mou'tasem's house and searched it as they did our home. The Israeli army stayed in the area of our home until 4:30 am. Two soldiers were leading my son Mou'tasem to the southwest direction of our home, from where my son Ma'moun escaped, and suddenly I heard Mou'tasem shouting, "Ma'moun, Ma'moun." Then Mou'tasem was taken towards the military jeeps that were positioned on the asphalt road to the south of our home. The Israeli forces left, taking with them my son Mou'tasem.

We returned first to our home where we found extensive damage everywhere as a result of the brutal search operation, and then I heard my brother Hasan Abu-al-Hasan shout, "Ma'moun, God almighty." I hurried towards him where I found my son Ma'moun Abu-al-Hasan lying with his face down on the ground behind the wall separating my home from my brother's. Ma'moun was lying at the southwest side of the wall, in my brother's yard. My son Ma'moun was shot from the back and killed with bullets in his head, back and feet. We carried him to Jenin Governmental Hospital by a Palestinian ambulance and buried him on the second day in the Martyrs' cemetery. I thought that Ma'moun had been able to escape.

It is worth noting that Ma'moun was not armed when he was shot, and the soldiers did not ask him to stop; they opened fire on him directly without any warning. It seems that the Israeli army had besieged the area around our home half an hour before the incident, but nobody was aware of their presence. Moreover, the collaborators played a great role in watching and liquidating my son Ma'moun Abu-al-Hasan. I am also the father of Mahmoud Abu-al-Hasan, known as "the Zari'ni." He was the leader of the Black Leopard group during the first intifada, and Israeli soldiers assassinated him on 22 July 1992.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 29 June 2004

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 1886/2004
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 29 June 2004
  • Name: Husein Yousef 'Abd-al-Rahim Abu-al-Hasan
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