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Testimony: Tamam N.

 

Name:  Tamam N.
Age:  48
Date:  17 March 2018
Location:  Al Mughayyir, West Bank
Event:  Night arrest

On 17 March 2018, a 17-year-old youth from Al Mughayyir is arrested by Israeli soldiers at 2:00 a.m. His mother, Tamam, describes how she woke up to the sound of a loud explosion and soldiers in her home. Al Mughayyir is located close to a road used by settlers. 

I woke up to the sound of a loud explosion that shook the house. It was around 2:00 a.m. I jumped out of bed and rushed to the part of the house where my children were asleep thinking it was a gas leak that had caused the explosion. My husband woke up and was in shock. Then I saw about 10 Israeli soldiers already inside our home and lots more outside. It was a terrifying scene. 
 
Then the commander asked to see our identity cards and asked us for our names. Then he asked for our 17-year-old son When he identified himself the commander told us they were going to arrest him.  My husband’s face turned yellow and then he passed out and fell backwards nearly hitting his head. I managed to hold him and then one of the soldiers helped lay him down on the floor and then lifted his feet up. I wiped his face with a wet cloth and he slowly regained consciousness.
 
Then I asked the commander what he wanted with our son and he told me he wanted to take him to prison and we could find out more details about him later. I held my son close and did not want to let go of him. Then the soldiers told our son to say good bye to his father and brothers and took him outside. 
 
The minute the soldiers took our son outside I started to cry and could not stop. It was a terrifying night I will never forget. It took me a long time to get over the fear and stress I suffered. 
 
Since a young man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in our village earlier this year the soldiers do not leave us alone. They frequently raid the village at night and make arrests. Young boys are angry and frustrated and they want to clash with soldiers to express their anger and frustration. Soldiers do not leave us alone, they too want to clash with us and to suppress and intimidate us. They do this because they want to protect the settlers’ road that passes right next to our village and cuts land that belongs to us in two.