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Details of Ziad Joulani martyrdom in Jerusalem on June 13, 2010

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Name: Ahmad Azmi Quteineh

Date: June 11, 2010

Affidavit date: June 15, 2010

Venue of the affidavit: house of the victim's uncle

"During the incident, I was sitting in my apartment at home which locates on the third floor in Hidmi Court in Wadi al-Jouz. It was 13:45. Suddenly I heard voices in Hebrew, but I didn't understand what was said. When I headed to the roof of the building, I saw a white tender Mitsubishi Magnum car stopping in the first third of al-Hidmi Court near the window of al-Hidmi house at a distance of 15 meters away from my home. A tall white man left the car. He was wearing a shirt with white and blue lines. He didn't turn off the engine when he left the car and kept its door open. He was running towards the yard of the court. At a distance of 3 to 4 meters, three of the Border Guards were chasing him while opening firing. After he crossed a distance of almost three meters he got tired and began to move very slowly. I thought he was injured with a bullet. "

"Near Hisham Abu Ghazaleh's home, he felt on the right side of the road. Immediately one of the soldiers stood near his head. The soldier was giant, bold and tall with green eyes. He stepped with his right leg on the neck of Palestinian man who was lying on the ground and he directed his gun towards the chin of the Palestinian man. The two other soldiers were standing behind him. The soldier shot two bullets towards the chin of the Palestinian man. Following that, one of the soldiers sat on the ground near Qiresh home. "

"The soldier who opened fire got angry and began to scream. Then he directed his weapon towards the people who stood in front of their doors and windows. He ordered them to step away while he was sweeping and he began to jump from one place to another. "

"The third soldier began to shout at the people ordering them to enter their homes. I felt that the other soldier was afraid because they were alone in the court yard, while they were trying to hide a Palestinian injured man who was near a Ford Colic car that blocked the seen of the youth who was lying near it. "

"After that, I get down the stairs and began to observe the situation through the window of the stairwell that overlooks the street from the northern part. By then, I saw Mahmoud al-Joulani the cousin of Ziad leaving his home which faces my home and walk directly towards the soldiers together with Adel al-Hidmi who left his home which locates near the end of the court. "

"Ziad cousin told the soldiers that the injured Palestinian needs help, but the soldier who opened fire responded by saying: ''I killed him, get back to your house."

"By then, Mahmoud was trying to head towards the injured youth, but the soldier ordered him to get back to his home. However, Mahmoud responded by saying: "this is my cousin, why should I get back to my home." Consequently, the soldiers attacked Mahmoud and one of them hit him with his rifle magazine on his head. Mahmoud felt on the ground and was beaten by the other soldiers."

"Adel al-Hidmi tried to get the soldiers away from Mahmoud, but many soldiers raided the court and tried to get the people away from Mahmoud. But when Mahmoud's brother, Muhammad, arrived through the main entrance of the court, the soldiers ordered them to step back. At that time, Mahmoud was lying on the ground. The soldiers also prohibited Mahmoud's mother and sister from reaching him. "

"Later, a group of the Red Crescent medics arrived at the seen, but they were banned by the soldiers from reaching Mahmoud or the other youth who was seriously injured in the face and who was still moving while lying on the ground. I thought the team of medics was not able to reach Mahmoud and the other injured youth except after 7 minutes. Two medics carried Ziad al-Joulani from his legs and arms to the ambulance, while two others carried Mahmoud. "

"However, when I moved inside the court, I saw members of the Special Forces in black uniform who began to search the car which belongs to Ziad al-Joulani. I saw them tearing the car's chairs and searching its roof while the engine was still on. Later, the car was dragged by a winch, but members of the Israeli intelligence and some soldiers stayed in the court for two hours. They closed the area, but they didn't raid the houses in the court and they even didn't talk with anybody."

Affidavit by: Mahmoud Othman Mahmoud al-Joulani

Place of residency: Wadi al-Jouz

Date of the affidavit: June 15, 2010

Venue of the affidavit: home of Mahmoud al-Joulani (the victim cousin)

Place of incident: Wadi al-Jouz in Jerusalem.

"On the day of the incident, I was inside my home which locates in Hidmi Court in Wadi al-Jouz. When I heard the shootings, I left the house immediately and stood near the door of my home. I saw two soldiers from the Border Guards at a distance of 15 meters. One of them was sitting on the stairs of Ikermawi's home while the other was standing next to him near a white taxi. I saw my neighbor Adel al-Hidmi leaving his home and saying to the soldier who was standing near the taxi that there was a need to call an ambulance. However, the soldier who was like a small giant Russian, responded by ordering him to go back to his house and not to interfere."

"He added in Hebrew, "I killed him. I killed him twice." By then, I didn't realize that there is an injured man who needed an ambulance. At that time the taxi blocked the vision and I couldn't see the youth who was lying on the ground. When the soldiers ordered me to get inside the house, I obeyed. Later, I received a phone call from my brother Muhammad who was standing outside the court and couldn't enter because other soldiers banned him. My brother requested me to leave the house to check what happened with my cousin Ziad. However, when I left the house and reached Quteineh's house at a distance of few meters from my home, I saw my cousin Ziad al-Joulani lying on the ground while his face facing the ground. He was moving and there were no one present in the court except me and three other soldiers. Blood was bleeding from Ziad's face. The soldiers approached me and ordered me to go back to my home. I responded by saying, "he is my cousin."

"Suddenly, the three soldiers attacked me with their butts. Other members of the Special Forces who were wearing black uniforms participated in attacking me. They focused on hitting me on the head with their butts. I felt on the ground while I was screaming of pain, particularly, because I felt that my head broke up into two pieces while blood was covering my face."

"They continued to beat me for almost 3 minutes. Residents of the court left their homes and began to gather around me. By then, a team of medics arrived and transferred me to an ambulance. I believed that I was transferred to the ambulance before my cousin Ziad. In hospital, they provided me with first aid and wrapped my head. By then, I heard the doctors saying that they had received a very critical case. So they left me and headed to another room. When I followed them to the room, I found my cousin Ziad lying on the bed. He was still breathing and I saw a hole in his left arm and another one in his left waist near his chest. There was another hole in his face near his chin and a fourth near his right ear. His left part of his jaw was open as if it was subjected to an explosion. Few seconds later, the doctors announced the death of Ziad. The injury in his head was dealt with around 20 stitches."

Another eyewitness, who preferred not to mention his name, said:

"During the incident which took place at around 1:15 p.m., I was standing in front of my supermarket. Father of the Palestinian girl Ilham al-Silwadi was standing by me. At that time, a group of Palestinian youth was throwing stones towards Israeli Border Guards, however, they were dispersed without the resort to fire or the use of teargas, since the clashes lasted for almost only ten minutes. Following the clashes, the soldiers redeployed near Bidoun Stores for selling construction materials. The girl father was on his way to leave the area in his car. "

"At a distance of 50 meters, I heard a squeak of car breaks and saw a white Tender Car deviating toward the left part of the road where the soldiers were walking in front of Bidoun store. Three soldiers were running after the car while firing against it. At that time, the little girl Ilham al-Silwadi was sitting inside his father's car who parked it outside al-Sharabiti store for selling meet. The girl was the daughter of the man who was standing by me watching what was going on. He was planning to buy some goods from al-Sharabati store."

"By then, I saw one of the workers of al-Sharabati store carrying the girl whose face was sunk in her blood while shouting at the soldiers that he was in need for an ambulance. However, the father of the girl rushed his car to the hospital in his car. Meanwhile, the soldiers opened fire extensively toward the Tender car. I saw the car heading towards al-Hidmi Court which locates near Super Market Zeina where I was standing. After I heard the shootings, I headed towards the court and there I saw the people screaming: "they have killed him."

"When I reached the seen, the firing was over. There were three soldiers wearing the green uniform of the Border Guards standing near a man lying on the ground. Then I saw Mahmoud al-Joulani trying to leave his home, but the soldiers assaulted him with their butts hitting him on the head and various parts of his body. He was at a distance of 15 meters away form the victim. I headed towards the victim who was lying on his left part while his hand was behind his body. I overturned him to his back and I saw his blood covered with blood. I didn't realize then whether he is alive or dead. Later, a team of medics from the Palestinian Red Crescent arrived at the seen and I helped them in carrying the victim with another medic. He sustained injuries in the head. Later, a big force of Israeli soldiers arrived at the seen. I thought they were the same soldiers who had withdrawn from the area following the end of the stone throwing incidents. Afterwards, members of the Israeli intelligence who were in plainclothes arrived and they began to order the local residents to leave the area, get inside their homes and to shut their doors. Consequently, I got back to my store and stayed there till 3:30 i.e. after the Israeli security forces left the area.