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Affidavit No. 2049/2004

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, Rana Ibrahim Mousa 'Amr, holder of I.D. No. # 850909094,born on 29 May 1980, an employee and resident of Hebron, Hebron Governorate, would like todeclare the following:

I work as an employee at the al-Ihsan Charitable Society in Hebron, which takes care of thedisabled. I work as babysitter for the children and as an assistant to the supervisor in thechildren’s division. At 1:00 a.m. 30 November 2004, I was sleeping, as were all the 70 childrenaging between three and 14 years, all of them living with different disabilities. I am speakingabout the children’s division because there is another division for adults, which hosts 40disabled persons. At that hour, I heard loud knocking at the door of the Society. It is worthnoting that the Society premises consist of five floors, and I was on the third floor. I got up, andthe children started crying. I went towards the door being knocked on to see what was going on,and while I was on the stairs between the third and second floor, I met a soldier who aimed hisweapon at me and was followed by two other soldiers.

Through hand gestures, the first soldier ordered me to return back. I returned back to the thirdfloor. The soldiers were loudly knocking on the doors and shouting in Hebrew. This created astate of horror among the children and the other women employees. I did not know what to do,vis-à-vis the continuous knocking on the doors and the yelling of children, until the soldierscompleted forcefully opening all of the office doors, which took around 15 minutes. It is worthnoting that the keys of these rooms were with me, and I tried to give them to the soldiers if theywanted to open the office rooms, but they refused and told me to return to my room. Afterbreaking into all the offices, the state of tension among children eased, but we all were afraidfrom the state of chaos created by the soldiers while we did not know what they wanted.I tried to look from the window, but I saw a soldier aiming his gun towards me and so I closedthe window. The soldiers were in the building for two hours, during which we 14 employees, andall the children, were in a state of fear and horror. After the departure of the soldiers, the womenemployees and I went to the division the soldiers were in, the second floor, where all theadministrative offices and accounting offices are located. Then came the Society watchman,and we found that the doors of all seven offices were broken, all of them sustaining damage,and that all six computers were taken, except for one which was in the seventh room. All thechildren and employees, including me, did not sleep until the morning when the director of theSociety came and I told him what had happened that night.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 11 December 2004
Signature: Rana Ibrahim Mousa 'Amr

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2049/2004
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 11 December 2004
  • Name: Rana Ibrahim Mousa 'Amr
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