Affidavit No. 2703/2005

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, Sawsan Samir 'Izat Gheith, holder of ID # 023501838, born on 16 May 1980, an official and a resident of Beit Hanina, Jerusalem Governorate, would like to declare the following:

At approximately 2:00 pm on Monday, 12 December 2005, I was returning from Ramallah to my home located in Beit Hanina. As I reached the Qalandiya checkpoint, I found at least 20-30 women at the entrance allocated for women and many more at the entrance allocated for men. I stood in the queue waiting my turn. The first half an hour passed and I still remained in the same place. Another hour passed and I only went forward a few steps. I then thought of going back to Ramallah and sleeping at my sister’s home, but could not because I thought of how my husband would be alone at home. So instead, I thought of going through Birzeit but I knew it would take me a much longer time to reach home when I was only 2 kilometres away from my home already.

I live in al-Hijra Quarter, very near to Dahiyat al-Barid checkpoint. At 3:10 pm I was still waiting in the queue. There was not a large number of women in front of me, but the inspection took a long time. Everything inside a bag must be emptied on the table in front of the Israeli soldiers, and the women were carrying many bags in their hands. The Israeli forces took such measures after a Palestinian citizen from Kufr Ni’ma village in the Ramallah governorate stabbed to death an Israeli soldier on 8 December 2005. By 4:30 pm, I was still waiting in the queue and there were still many people in front of me. I began to feel tired and sick. I felt pain in my feet and back in addition to a severe headache.

At 5:50 pm (after waiting four hours), the turn of the woman in front of me came and I felt happy because my turn would be straight after. As that woman took her bag and left the electronic gate, which did not ring, she smiled and said “dogs,” meaning the Israeli soldiers. A female Israeli soldier heard her and asked another soldier to return the Palestinian woman back to the end of the queue. But I heard her saying that she wanted to go home through Birzeit. I felt very angry because these soldiers control us in any way they like. I reached the electronic gate at 6:00 pm, emptied my bag on the table, and passed through the gate, which did not ring. These are the conditions: to pass through the gate without ringing, and to empty your bag. Finally, I got out of Qalandiya checkpoint and after five minutes in the car I reached my home very tired physically, and broken psychologically.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 13 December 2005
Signature: Sawsan Gheith
Name not withheld
Field researcher: Manaf 'Abbas

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2703/2005
  • Field researcher: Manaf Abbas
  • Affidavit Date: 13 December 2005
  • Name: Sawsan Gheith
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