Affidavit No. 1641/2004

Sworn Statement

After having been warned to tell the truth and nothing but the truth or else I shall besubjected to penal action, I the undersigned, Hasan Muhammad Darwish Da'oud, holder ofID # 9989635734, born in 1949, am a lawyer and a resident of Beit Duqqo, RamallahGovernorate, would like to declare the following:

I am a resident of Beit Duqqo, one of the seven villages located northwest of Jerusalemwhich are: Beit Duqqo, Beit Ijza, Beit 'Anan, Qattana, Khirbet al-Lahem, al-Qbeiba, BeitSourik, and Biddo. On the morning of 5 December 2003, I found pamphlets thrown on theground and roads of our village, stating that in accordance with a military order, certain areasof lands will be seized from the lands of Beit Duqqo. Unfortunately, this order will besiege1500 dunums of our land such that we will be unable to reach these lands, which form ourbasic livelihood, especially under these difficult economic conditions which the Palestiniansgo through. One thousand dunums of our land are planted with olive and vine trees inaddition to certain types of fruit trees.

This order comes in benefit of the Separation Wall, which in turn will besiege the abovementionedseven villages and separate it from Jerusalem and Ramallah at the same time.This situation will increase unemployment rates in these villages, which will also raise thepoverty rates because most of the citizens in these villages will lose their basic livelihoodsespecially that the majority of the labour force in these villages had worked in Israel beforethe Intifada. Now they have lost their work in Israel and there are no job opportunities forthem to work in the West Bank. This strangulating Wall comes to protect the security ofGiff’at Zi’ev and Hadasha settlement. The occupation forces allege that the Separation Wallwill pass and be constructed through the lands of the seven villages but most of these landsare uncultivated and that the occupation forces have made their best to minimize thedamages as much as possible. But the fact is that 80 percent of the seized lands areagricultural lands planted with trees and that these lands are the first economic pillar forthese villages. The damage sustained by these villages is tremendous “confiscation ofhundreds of dunums and siege of thousands.”

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 14 February 2004

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 1641/2004
  • Field researcher: Manaf Abbas
  • Affidavit Date: 14 February 2004
  • Name: Hasan Muhammad Darwish Da'oud
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