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Today: Aug 19, 2017

Three affidavits from Palestinians who were abused in Shu'fat Refugee Camp

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Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, JCSER, published three affidavits of Palestinians from Shu'fat Refugee Camp who were abused by Israeli soldiers during the clashes which erupted in Shu'fat Refugee Camp on March 8 and 9, 2010 between the Palestinians youths and Israeli soldiers who raided the camp.

According to the affidavits two citizens were severely beaten and one sustained injuries in the nose while the other was injured in his eye. However, a third Palestinian was shot at while crossing the street near the military checkpoint at the main entrance to the refugee camp.

Abdallah al-Hawas

Married and father of three

"Early on the Morning of March 8, 2020, I awoke after hearing some people shouting: they killed us, coming from my sister's house Basimah Abu al-Teen which faces our house and about 3 meters far. When I left the house, I saw a crowd of people in front of my sisters' house. I saw also two masked soldiers standing in front the house. However, because of the stampeded at the door of my sisters' house, I was pushed inside. I was standing together with my other three brothers Kamal, 40's, Karim, 26, and Akram 34. Inside the yard of the house, there were around ten soldiers, one of whom ordered us to leave. However, we were not able to leave because of the crowd of people behind us. By then, I saw my nice Muhammad, 18, handcuffed from the front. He was screaming "uncle they are stepping on my feet." There was not sufficient light, so I couldnt see his face but only his tied hands. By then, within seconds, I received a blow on my face. I felt dizzy and collapsed on the ground. I heard somebody saying in Hebrew "take him." I began to crawl outside the house. I tried to stand up but I felt on the ground in a coma. Then, I woke up and saw my cousin Ibrahim Abu al-Teen who is a medic in Israel, holding my chin and trying to lift my head while the soldiers were lighting the place for him outside the yard. I thought that was done by a lamp attached on the guns of soldiers. My health conditions were very critical and my nose was bleeding. I do not how much time my cousin spent trying to help me by pressuring my chin. My cousin's son Mahmoud Abdel-Fattah Abdel-Rahman was also wounded in the eye as a result of the assault against him by the Israeli security forces who stormed the home of my sister Basma to inquire about some names and houses in the camp. The soldiers also questioned my nice Nasser, 19, and Mohammed, 18. They were also beaten by the soldiers and that was the cause of the screams which dashed from the home of my sister.

Because of barring the ambulance of Magen David from entering the camp, the soldiers accompanied me together with my cousin who sustained injuries in his eye and my brother Jamal to the military checkpoint at the entrance of the refugee camp because we expected the arrival of an ambulance. We were transferred by jeeps of the Border Guards. Each of us (me and my cousin Mahmoud) was transferred in a separate military jeep. The wife of my cousin Ibrahim followed us in the car of my neighbor Nur Khader because her front was souring after she was hit on the face during the raid of my sister's house. Other uninjured people and relatives followed us in civilian cars. We spent around half an hour waiting at the check - point amidst the called weather. The soldiers claimed that we arrived late at the checkpoint and for that reason the ambulance left the area. We waited for the arrival of another ambulance however, since it didn't show up, we decided to go back to our homes. Therefore, I returned together with the wife of my cousin, her husband and my aunt in the car of my neighbor Nur Khader who received a traffic ticket because he didn't tie his seat belt. He received the ticket when he was transferring my aunt, her son and his wife.

When I returned home, the bleed of my nose stopped. At that moment, my ID was confiscated by the border guards. However, later my brother Jamal brought my ID. I tried to sleep but in vain due to the severe pains, but later I was able to sleep until mid day. After that I decided to go to my work in Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem since I work in cleaning. Nevertheless, because of my severe pain in my nose, I couldn't do the job, so I headed to the clinic of the hospital where they transferred me to the emergency department. I had a CT scan and underwent various medical tests. There they realized that I have fractures in my nose and as a result my employer gave me a sick leave for one week starting from Feb. 9, 2010.

Muhammad al-Hawwas

On Feb. 9, I was heading home coming from work in Maale Adumim, but when I reached Shu'fat Refugee Camp I left the car and I began to walk home. At that time, clashes erupted in the refugee camp between the youths and Israeli soldiers who were firing tear gas canisters and stun grenades against the Palestinian stone throwers. I stood at a distance of 3 meters away from the soldiers and due to the intensive stone throwing incidents on the left side of the soldiers I was hit by a stone. On the right side of the street, there were a large number of people marching towards the camp including women, children and men. I continued to walk for a distance of seven meters. I was still on the left side of the road. By then a group of six masked musta'ribeens (Israeli security agents disguised as Arabs) left the march. One of them, who was standing in the middle of the street shouted: arrest him. He was at a distance of two meters away from me. Then I was surprised to see another Musta'rib standing directly in front of me. I escaped from him and ran away towards the entrance of the camp. However, he opened fire towards me and consequently I was hit with two bullets. One of them penetrated my left ankle while the other hit my lower part of right leg. Despite my injury, I was able to run to the entrance of the camp for fear of arrest. I cannot remember the length of the distance. Then the youth transferred me in a civilian car to the medical center, which belong to Dr Hazen Zighayar which locates inside the camp. There, I received first aid and the medics called the Palestinian Red Crescent to send an ambulance. However, the Israeli soldiers obstructed the passage of the ambulance which was transferring me to hospital for twenty minutes. My uncle and mother accompanied me in the ambulance. The soldiers at the checkpoint inquired them about the person who opened fire at my leg and they also took pictures for my while I was totally in a coma. My uncle and mother explained that to me later.

Mahmoud Abdel Fattah, 20.

"At around 2:00 a.m. on Feb. 8, I heard screams of women and youth in the street which locates behind my home. I left my bed and saw my brother Muhammad running while shouting: they attacked the house of my aunt Basimah Abu al-Teen, but he didn't say whom. I put on my shoes and ran towards my aunt house and there I saw three masked soldiers from the Special Forces wearing black uniforms and armed with guns. At that time the citizens in the camp started to gather at the entrance of the house and began to push the soldier inside the house yard. I entered with other youths to the house, however, due to the stampede I was pushed towards the right wall of the yard near the stairs which lead to the ground and upper floors where the brothers of my aunt husband live. Despite the dim light, I saw a member of the special units grasping the head of my other aunt Um Tareq while trying to pull her downstairs. Immediately, I grasped the hand of the soldier and freed Um Tareq from his hands. The other member of the Special Forces who was standing behind me hit me on my left eye. My cousin Jamal Mustafa Khalil Hawass, who was present at the seen, told me that the officer hit me with his wireless transmitter and thus I felt on the ground. My neighbor Abu Taleb dragged me down the stairs and he kept the people away from me. I felt dizzy with pain in the corner of my eye. Later, I learned from the doctors that I suffered of internal bleeding.

After about five minutes I woke up and I returned to the original place where I used to stand before receiving the blow. By then, members of the Special Forces left the house. I walked behind them for a short distance. One of the officers ordered that the injured persons to board the military jeeps. There were no soldiers, except the two injured Abdallah Hawass and the wife of medic Ibrahim Abu al-Teen. She was injured inside the same house where I was hit. However, I didn't know who was responsible for hitting her. Her forehead was soared and we all head towards the military checkpoint at the entrance to Shufat Camp. My cousin accompanied me while waiting for the ambulance, but it didn't show up because according to the soldiers we were a bit late. Consequently, we returned all home after taking our ID cards from the soldiers. It was 4:00 a.m. and the atmosphere was very cold. I spent all the time standing because there was no place to sit. At home, I tried to catch some sleep but I couldn't because of the severe pain in my eye.

At 6:00 a.m. I headed used public transportation to head to eye hospital in Jerusalem (St. John). Israeli soldiers and members of the special force were gathering near the entrance to the camp. However, nobody obstructed my passage. At the hospital, the doctor told me that there was an internal bleed in my eye and that after the halt of the bleed, he will decide the needed treatment.