Affidavit No. 1881/2004

Sworn Statement

After having been warned to tell the truth and nothing but the truth or else I shall be subjected topenal action, I the undersigned, Nivin Ahmad Darwish Abu-Hamdi, holder of I.D. No. #941340796, born on 25 June 1984, a housewife and resident of Jenin Camp, JeninGovernorate, would like to declare the following:

I am the wife of the prisoner Usama Ahmad 'Abd-al-Qader Abu-Muhammad, of Palestinianorigin, who came to Jenin camp from Jordan in 1998. After marrying, we lived in Jenin camp.My husband Usama entered the country with a visit permit via Allenby Bridge. He decided tostay and marry here. This is what actually happened. After our marriage, I submitted a familyreunification application so he may obtain a Palestinian identity card. During the first years ofour marriage the situation was stable, and he started to work. I gave birth to 'Izz-al-Din, 3 yearsold, and Jawaher, 2 years old. I registered both of my children with my identity card because myhusband cannot register them, because he himself does not have an identity card.

Honestly, I always felt that my husband not having I.D. would always cause problems for ourfamily. When the al-Aqsa Intifada broke out in September 2000, the circumstances of our lifeturned upside down. The Israeli army besieged Jenin city and camp, which upset my husbandand he started to be afraid, as I did too. Then the Israeli army started to attack the Palestiniancities and camps, which further complicated our life. My husband was always frightened, and welost all feelings of security. We always were afraid that my husband would be detained ordeported until that day became real. The night of 7 October 2003, the Israeli army attackedJenin city and camp and imposed a curfew. Then the army started its search campaigns bybreaking into houses, especially in Jenin camp. At 10:00 p.m. the Israeli soldiers broke into ourhome located in al-Damaj Quarter in Jenin camp.

At that night, 10 soldiers entered my home, and when the soldiers asked for my husband’sidentity card, he told them that he was Jordanian and does not hold a Palestinian identity card.The soldiers arrested my husband after they blindfolded and handcuffed him. They first took himto Salem Camp west of Jenin, then to 'Ofar Camp near Ramallah. Since then, my husband hasbeen incarcerated by the Israeli occupation army, and he is being threatened with deportation toJordan. The detention of my husband has changed my life as I became responsible for thesurvival of my children and the management of my home. Moreover, in case my husband isdeported to Jordan, our family will break apart because my husband will not have any hope inreturning to his home, especially under the existing circumstances that the Palestinian peoplemust live through. Please help me in putting pressure on the Israeli army to release my husbandand not to deport him.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 7 July 2004

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 1881/2004
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 7 July 2004
  • Name: Nivin Ahmad Darwish Abu-Hamdi
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