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Name: Lu'ay Sami Khader al-Rajabi

Age: 14

Date of arrest: Oct 1, 2010

Residency: Hart al-Yaman

"At around 4:00 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2010, I heard knocking on our door. After inquiring, a voice responded that they were the Israeli occupation police. When my brother Firas, 22, opened the door, we realized that there was a big Israeli police force numbering between 20 to 30 policemen and two intelligent agents. One of the agents asked about me. By then, I was still in bed. My brothers awoke me and then I changed my clothes. Later, I was taken by two soldiers to inside a grey military jeep. They didn't hit me while accompanying me to the jeep. I remember by then that they also arrested Amer Zidani, 14, Muhammad Zidani, 11, Ammar Zaytoun, 14, and Jihad Zaytoun, 12. Each of us was transferred to separate military jeep.

We were taken to the detention camp in the Russian Compound. There, each of us was seized in a separate room in which there were a desk and chair. They handcuffed me and hooked me while standing facing the wall for almost three hours. Every passing person used to hit me with his open hand on my neck.

After two hours, I demanded to use the toilet and to eat, yet my demands were rejected by three policemen who were wearing masks and look like the Musta'rebin (police unit disguised as Arabs). They threatened to hit me if I did not confess that I threw stones against the house which the settlers took over several years ago. Abu Nasser al-Rajabi's home separate my house from the settlers' house.

I told the police I did not throw stones. One of the police told me that on Tuesday that preceded my arrest, there were stone throwing incidents against the settlers' home. However, I denied the charges and insisted on my innocence. But one of the masked men told me that he was going to leave me rot in prison. I remembered that the three men who interrogated me have huge tall bodies. After three hours of hooking, they transferred me to another room which is smaller than the previous. There was a desk and two chairs in it. I was still handcuffed and standing in front of the wooden desk. The interrogator who was not wearing a mask, asked me about my name. He was wearing grey swollen jacket and blue jeans. He has a tattoo on his arm that looked like fences. He identified himself as Shadi. However, when I denied the charges of throwing stones, he punched me on my nose started to bleed. By then my hand and legs were in cuffs and I was sitting on a chair. Interrogator Shadi was standing in front of me. Then he painted a bicycle on the board that was hanging on the wall and ordered me to ride it. I asked him how I am supposed to do sp? He responded by saying it is a shame for me that I didn't know how to ride a bicycle. When I refused to abide by his orders to "ride" the bicycle he began to hit me on the face and head. Later, two men entered the room and all three began to hit me with their hands and legs on various parts of my body. During that they cursed me and God. All of that took place while I was sitting on the chair tied with shackles. Later, interrogator Shadi took me to another room where there were pieces of plasters. He said that he was going to break those pieces on my head if I didn't confess.

Afterwards, he took me back to the previous room. I requested to go to the bathroom and to get food. However, Shadi rejected my demands. He ordered me to sign a paper stating that nobody hit me. It was written in Hebrew. When I refused, he began to slap me on the face. By then, we were alone in the interrogation room.

At around 11:00 a.m., I was transferred to the Magistrate Court. My lawyer was present in the court hall. There, I denied again the charges of throwing stones. Some kids confessed but they were released on bail. The court extended my detention for one week. Later, I was taken to the detention cell. There, I found the kid Amer Zidan who was arrested together with me. In the same detention cell, there were 6 beds kids and we were 5 inmates, all of the same age.

On Saturday, one day before my release, we called one youth who was responsible for distributing the food to the detainees in detention cells. We called him because we were very hungry after the delay in receiving our lunch. Three warders wearing grey uniform came, opened the door of the cell and began to hit us all on various parts of our bodies. They hit us with their bear hands and kick us with their legs.

One hour later, food was brought to us. The meal consisted of a cup of Choco (milk with cacao), a small piece of triangle yellow cheese and a piece of bread. We received the dinner on time.

Next day, I was taken to court which ordered my release in exchange of paying NIS 5000. However, my family refused to pay because my father had been deported from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv because of a civil problem. Moreover, my brothers are unemployed. Then the court decided to release my on a bail of NIS 1000. The release decision was taken at 9:00 a.m., yet, I was kept in prison till 9:00 p.m. I spent all that time inside the detention cell.

I was arrested a year ago for similar charges, being subjected to the same treatment, but I was released without conditions.

Also, when I was in my 7th grade class in Dar al-Aytam (orphanage house) School in al-Thuri, I was arrested twice from inside the classroom. In every arrest they used to face me with the same charges of throwing stone at the settlers' house in Silwan.

I believe the whole story is about boldness of Palestinians children. In the occasion of any problem or altercation with settlers, Israeli police used to arrest a group of Palestinian children.

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I forgot to mention earlier that one week before my arrest, I was playing football with other kids in the neighborhood. By accident, the ball fell inside the house of the setters. The guards get out the house and began to play with us. But he got upset when he touched the ball with his hand. Later, we heard him calling the police through his wireless radio telling them in Hebrew that there are kids throwing stones. On week later, I was arrested as I mentioned earlier.

Name: Muhammad Mazen Ilyas Dweik

Age: 12

Place of residency: Silwan / al-Rajabi Quarter

At around 4:30 5:00 a.m. on November 2009, Israeli intelligence officer who is responsible for our area, Ghai, knock on our house with five intelligence agents and four Border Guards. I was awakened by the sounds of the door knocking. The officer asked for my ID card, but my father responded that I didn't hold an ID card. Intelligence men were surprised with my young age when seeing me get out of my bedroom. My father's request to keep me at home and accompanying me the next day to the interrogation center was denied.

I was handcuffed and transferred to a military jeep. The policeman who was sitting next me, used to kick me all the way. My friend Muhammad Shweiky was with me inside the jeep.

In the detention camp in the Russian Compound, they seized me inside a small room after tying my legs with chain shackles. They forced me to sit on a chair and one of the interrogators, who identified himself as Hisham, began to question me about throwing stones at the house which was taken over by settlers in Silwan. When I denied the charges, he threatened to blow me if I didn't confess. Also, he kicked me with his legs three times. He informed me that he was going to leave the room for two minutes and upon his return I should be confessing. He entered and left the room several times, but I always denied the charges. I told him that I swear on the Holy Koran that I was innocent, but he responded by saying that he does not recognize our holy book. He ordered me to sign some papers, but I refused.

Later, one of the guards came and took me out the room. By then, I heard my friend Muhammad Shwieki crying and one person yelling at him in the neighboring room. I was very terrified.

Afterwards, I was taken to another room where there were computers and cameras and I saw my father standing outside the room.

Then I was taken back to the room where interrogator Hisham was present. My father was sitting inside the room. The interrogator told me that one day I threw stones. I couldnt remember the date. I responding by saying that I was in Tiberia. My father was silent. Afterwards, the interrogator asked my father if he had talked or advised me not to speak about throwing stones.

My father denied that he talked to me and told the interrogator: "you ordered me to remain silent."

Later, they took my finger prints, pictured me and transferred to the prison cell where I found my friends Muhammad Shweiki, a boy from Sarhan Family and a Wajdi Ka'war.

We talked and began to laugh. By then, a religious man wearing the Kipa came and began to yell at us. Also, he took the children while leaving me alone. I was taken later to the interrogation room, but interrogator Hisham didn't talk to me. Afterwards, I was taken to a yard to join the other kids. One person asked if I was beaten. I responded, "a little." Then, Interrogator Hisham asked my father to sign my release document on which I also signed.

Finally, I would like to mention that my brothers Ilyas, 18, and Yasser, 17, were arrested twice for throwing stones charges against the Jewish settlers' home in Silwan. In one occasion, they were detained for five days. This took place before my arrest.

In our neighborhood, we are always prohibited from playing football. We are also forced to stay away from the setters' house. In several occasions, we were cursed in Hebrew while passing by the settlers' house.