Affidavit No. 1671/2004

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, Sana' Mahmoud 'Abd-al-Majid Jibrin, holder of I.D. No. #902746908, born on 26 October 1978, a photographer and resident of al-'Arroub camp, HebronGovernorate, would like to declare the following:

I live in al-'Arroub Camp in Hebron Governorate. At approximately midnight, Wednesday, 25February 2004, I was sleeping when a number of the Israeli occupation army soldiers broke intoour home. They were searching it, claiming that they wanted my 20-year-old brother 'Ammar,who was not at home. They searched our home after they evacuated us, ordering us to standout in the cold air until 4:30 a.m. After that night, and until 'Ammar's afternoon arrest Friday 27February 2004, our home was broken into four times by the Israeli soldiers. During the breakins,they attacked all of my family members, including me.

On midnight, Friday 27 February 2004, while the soldiers were inside our home, one of thesoldiers attacked me. Then two other soldiers helped him, and they all hit me with their handsand I fell to the ground. They tried to arrest me and charge me with impeding their work. I alsosaw them beat my brother 19-year-old brother Ahmad, and break his right hand with the butt ofa gun. At the same time, they attacked my 24-year-old brother Muhammad, the blind father oftwo children. They beat him in front of his wife and children. All these attacks happened in thepretext of searching for my brother 'Ammar, who was at his work outside home.

Moreover, I saw one of the soldiers extinguish his cigarette on the brow of my brotherMohammad, while beating him continuously. Mohammad started to shout, and so did we, andthis increased the anger of the soldiers who beat me again and again. At around 4:30 in theevening, 'Ammar arrived home. The soldiers were outside the home with my 43-year-old motherFaten Ahmad 'Atallah Al-Hindi, and my 15-year-old brothers Ahmad and Samed. They detainedthem until they arrested 'Ammar.

It is worth noting that the furniture, tools, and foodstuffs in our home were damaged. Further, thesoldiers took 'Ammar’s photos and papers. As soon as 'Ammar arrived home, a number ofsoldiers arrived threw gas bombs at us and quickly arrested him along with my mother andbrothers. After half an hour, they released my mother and brothers, except for 'Ammar. Mymother and brothers told me that they hit them many times before releasing them. On the sameday, my brother Ahmad went to the Hebron governmental hospital where they put Gibbs on hishand, because it had two fractures. My brother 'Ammar is still under investigation, and we donot know anything about him.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 8 March 2004

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 1671/2004
  • Field researcher: Zahi Jaradat
  • Affidavit Date: 8 March 2004
  • Name: Sana' Mahmoud 'Abd-al-Majid Jibrin
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